The Game of Soccer and Its Impact on Society
  I: Administrative Information   II: Course Details   III: Topical Outline(s)  Printable Version
Section I: Administrative Information
  Total hours: 42.0
Credit Value: 3.0
Credit Value Notes: N/A
Effective: Fall 2016
Prerequisites: N/A
Corequisites: N/A
Equivalents: N/A
Pre/Co/Equiv Notes: N/A

Program(s): Business, General Education Electives
Program Coordinator(s): N/A
Course Leader or Contact: N/A
Version: 20160906_02
Status: Approved (APPR)

Section I Notes: This is a Sheridan College course that is offered through Sheridan FCAPS. Students who register for the course through Sheridan will receive credit from SHERIDAN COLLEGE only. Access to the course materials will be through

Section II: Course Details

Detailed Description
Students examine how the game of soccer impacts socio-economic, religious, political, and cultural views in countries around the globe. Students discover and analyze cultural trends and human behaviours influenced by soccer ideology and its effect on pop culture. This course promotes critical thinking and encourages students to view literature, music, and the media in a new light. Students analyze topics such as nationalism and globalization as they research the popularity and growth of soccer. Through in-class activities, research, assigned readings, and interactive lectures, students explore how soccer has embedded itself around the globe.

Program Context

Business Program Coordinator(s): N/A

General Education Electives Program Coordinator(s): N/A

Course Critical Performance and Learning Outcomes

  Critical Performance:
By the end of this course, students will have demonstrated the ability to analyze the socioeconomic value and cultural impact of soccer in a historical context.
Learning Outcomes:

To achieve the critical performance, students will have demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Outline the origins and historical development of soccer, identifying the most significant events and the people who inspired these events.
  2. Discuss the rules of the game and essential terms associated with soccer.
  3. Illustrate how the game of soccer has become a cultural phenomenon through the examination of pop culture.
  4. Examine the political and religious issues associated with certain soccer clubs in Europe and South America.
  5. Discuss how the diversity and complexity of soccer are inter-connected with the culture of countries across the globe.
  6. Investigate the social stratification supporting certain teams and its impact on cities in Europe and South America.
  7. Discuss how nationalism and globalization in certain countries can affect an individual's behaviour during World Cup and Continental Cup competitions.

Evaluation Plan
Students demonstrate their learning in the following ways:

 Evaluation Plan: ONLINE
 ONLINE QUIZZES (4 @ 7.5%)30.0%

Evaluation Notes and Academic Missed Work Procedure:

Provincial Context
The course meets the following Ministry of Colleges and Universities requirements:


Essential Employability Skills
Essential Employability Skills emphasized in the course:

  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
  • Numeracy
  • Personal

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition
PLAR Contact (if course is PLAR-eligible) - Office of the Registrar

  • Not Eligible for PLAR

Section III: Topical Outline
Some details of this outline may change as a result of circumstances such as weather cancellations, College and student activities, and class timetabling.
Instruction Mode: Online
Professor: Multiple Professors
RequiredTextbookHow Soccer Explains the World, Foer, HarperCollins Canada, ISBN 9780060731427

Applicable student group(s): Continuing Education Students
Course Details:

Topics covered include:

  • Orientation and overview of the courses historical perspective: the origins of the game 
  • Significant landmarks in the game: stadiums, structures, club hourses 
  • Pop culture phenomenon: David Beckham
  • Hooliganism: gangs and firms 
  • Nationalism and Patriotism and their effect on soccer 
  • History of the World Cup
  • Political and religious ties with clubs in Europe and South America
  • Social stratification and financial considerations: cities, clubs, players, coaches, agents, and countries 
  • Soccer and culture: how they coexist 
  • FIFA's role in soccer 
  • People of significance: past and present 
  • Globalization: how soccer connects the world 
  • Oral presentation / review for the final exam 
  • Final examination 

Sheridan Policies

All Sheridan policies can be viewed on the Sheridan policy website.

Academic Integrity: The principle of academic integrity requires that all work submitted for evaluation and course credit be the original, unassisted work of the student. Cheating or plagiarism including borrowing, copying, purchasing or collaborating on work, except for group projects arranged and approved by the professor, or otherwise submitting work that is not the student's own, violates this principle and will not be tolerated. Students who have any questions regarding whether or not specific circumstances involve a breach of academic integrity are advised to review the Academic Integrity Policy and procedure and/or discuss them with the professor.

Copyright: A majority of the course lectures and materials provided in class and posted in SLATE are protected by copyright. Use of these materials must comply with the Acceptable Use Policy, Use of Copyright Protected Work Policy and Student Code of Conduct. Students may use, copy and share these materials for learning and/or research purposes provided that the use complies with fair dealing or an exception in the Copyright Act. Permission from the rights holder would be necessary otherwise. Please note that it is prohibited to reproduce and/or post a work that is not your own on third-party commercial websites including but not limited to Course Hero or OneNote. It is also prohibited to reproduce and/or post a work that is not your own or your own work with the intent to assist others in cheating on third-party commercial websites including but not limited to Course Hero or OneNote.

Intellectual Property: Sheridan's Intellectual Property Policy generally applies such that students own their own work. Please be advised that students working with external research and/or industry collaborators may be asked to sign agreements that waive or modify their IP rights. Please refer to Sheridan's IP Policy and Procedure.

Respectful Behaviour: Sheridan is committed to provide a learning environment that supports academic achievement by respecting the dignity, self-esteem and fair treatment of every person engaged in the learning process. Behaviour which is inconsistent with this principle will not be tolerated. Details of Sheridan's policy on Harassment and Discrimination, Academic Integrity and other academic policies are available on the Sheridan policy website.

Accessible Learning: Accessible Learning coordinates academic accommodations for students with disabilities. For more information or to register, please see the Accessible Learning website (Statement added September 2016)

Course Outline Changes: The information contained in this Course Outline including but not limited to faculty and program information and course description is subject to change without notice. Any changes to course curriculum and/or assessment shall adhere to approved Sheridan protocol. Nothing in this Course Outline should be viewed as a representation, offer and/or warranty. Students are responsible for reading the Important Notice and Disclaimer which applies to Programs and Courses.

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