Why do people invest so much time, money, effort, and emotion into sports? How can sports both reproduce social beliefs and inequalities and, at the same time, transform them? This course examines sport as a social institution with the power to move economies, impact politics, shape group identity, socialize children, and open a space for discovery and self-expression. We will discuss topics like gender, race, nationalism, and disability in sports, as well as play, performance, aesthetics, embodiment, and cultural globalization.