Sport in Film and Literature
  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: Winter 2018
Prerequisites: N/A
Corequisites: N/A
Equivalents: N/A
Pre/Co/Equiv Notes: N/A

Program(s): General Education
Program Coordinator(s): Sarah Sinclair
Course Leader or Contact: Jonathan Filipovic
Version: 20180122_00
Status: Approved (APPR)

Section I Notes: N/A

Section II: Course Details

Detailed Description
Students examine the rise in popularity of sports literature in the20th century. Through selected works of sports fiction, non-fictionand film, students also explore historical events and social issuessuch as race, gender stereotypes, triumph and tragedy. Students alsoanalyze the roles and characteristics of a variety of fictional andhistorical athletes from the 20th century. Finally, studentsparticipate in a variety of interactive learning activities andassessments, including group presentations, exams and written assignments.

Program Context

General Education Program Coordinator(s): Sarah Sinclair
This course is part of the General Education curriculum which is designed to contribute to the development of the students, consciousness of the diversity, complexity, and richness of the human experience; their ability to establish meaning through this consciousness; and, as a result, their ability to contribute thoughtfully, creatively, and positively to the society in which they live and work. General Education courses strengthen students generic skills, such as critical analysis, problem solving, and communication, in the context of an exploration of topics with broad-based personal and/or societal importance.

Course Critical Performance and Learning Outcomes

  Critical Performance:
By the end of this course, students will have demonstrated the ability to analyze the elements of sports literature for exploration of historical, social and cultural issues in the 20th Century.
Learning Outcomes:

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

  1. Identify the prevalent themes of sports fiction, non-fiction and film.
  2. Describe the characteristics of the athlete in literature and film.
  3. Analyze the representations of the athlete in literature and film with respect to race, gender and class.
  4. Compare the characteristics of fictional and historical athletes in literature and film.
  5. Examine the roles that culture and history play in shaping sports literature and film.

Evaluation Plan
Students demonstrate their learning in the following ways:

 Evaluation Plan: IN-CLASS
 Group Presentation 1: Culture, History & Race15.0%
 Group Presentation 2: Triumph & Tragedy15.0%
 Presentation Written Responses (2 x 10%)20.0%
 Midterm Exam20.0%
 Final Exam30.0%

Evaluation Notes and Academic Missed Work Procedure:
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Provincial Context
The course meets the following Ministry of Colleges and Universities requirements:


Essential Employability Skills
Essential Employability Skills emphasized in the course:

  • Communication Skills - Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken, visual form that fulfills the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.
  • Communication Skills - Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving - Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Skills - Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.
  • Interpersonal Skills - Show respect for the diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.
  • Interpersonal Skills - Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

General Education
This General Education course relates to the following themes as specified by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities.

  • Arts In Society

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition
PLAR Contact (if course is PLAR-eligible) - Office of the Registrar
Students may apply to receive credit by demonstrating achievement of the course learning outcomes through previous relevant work/life experience, service, self-study and training on the job. This course is eligible for challenge through the following method(s):

  • Portfolio

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: In-Class
Professor: Multiple Professors
RequiredTextbookErratic Fire, Erratic Passion, Parker, Jeff & Pasha Malla, Featherproof Books, ISBN 978-0983186342, 2015
OptionalOtherAbrams, M.H. & G. Harpham. A Glossary of Literary Terms (10th ed.). Boston: Wadsworth Cengage Learning. 2012. Print
OptionalOtherChartoff, R & Winkler, I. (Producer) & Scorsese, Martin. (Director). Raging Bull. United States. United Artists. 1980. Motion Picture.
OptionalOtherCanseco, Jose. Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant `Roids, Smash Hits and How Baseball Got Big. Harper Collins. 2005. Print
OptionalOtherDoyle, John. The World Is A Ball: The Joy, Madness and Meaning of Soccer. Anchor Canada. 2010. Print
OptionalOtherHornby, Nick. Fever Pitch. Penguin. 2005. Print
OptionalOtherKinsella, W.P. Shoeless Joe. Mariner Books. 1999. Print
OptionalOtherLewis, Michael. The Blind Side. W.W. Norton. 2007. Print
OptionalOtherToole, F.X. Million Dollar Baby. Vintage Books. 2005. Print

Applicable student group(s): Cross College Courses
Course Details:
Module 1: Orientation Module & Brief Introduction: The Literary Athlete
Unit 1: Course Introduction & An Introduction to Sports Literature
Unit 2: The Literary Athlete
Reading: Erratic Fire, Erratic Passion by Parker & Malla (selected readings)
Module 2: Reading History through Sports
Unit 3: Race & Popular Culture
Reading: “I Shook up the World” by Muhammad Ali, from Erratic Fire, Erratic Passion Film: When We Were Kings (1996) directed by Leon Gast
Group Presentation 1 (15%)
Unit 4: Breaking Barriers: Jackie Robinson and Baseball’s Colour Barrier.
Film: 42: The Jackie Robinson Story (2013) directed by Brian Helgeland
Group Presentation 1 ctd…
Module 3: Sports & Popular Culture
Unit 5: True Underdog Stories
Reading: “Knuckleballer” by R.A. Dickey, from Erratic Fire, Erratic Passion
Group Presentation 1 ctd…
Unit 6: Sports & Entertainment
Film: ESPN 30 for 30: Straight Outta L.A.(2010) directed by Ice Cube
Group Presentation 1 ctd…
Mid Term Exam (20%)
Module 4: The Tragedy of Sport
Unit 7: Gender & Stereotypes in Sports
Reading: Erratic Fire, Erratic Passion (select readings): “Slaughterhouse in a Blouse” by Ronda Rousey, “Coming Out” by Jason Collins et al, “I Am Beautiful, Famous & Gorgeous” by Anna Kournikova 
Group Presentation 2 (15%)
Analytical Written Response 1 due (10%)
Unit 8: Life After the Spotlight
Film: Million Dollar Baby (2004) directed by Clint Eastwood
Group Presentation 2 ctd…
Module 5: The Triumph of Sport
Unit 9: Victory!
Reading: Erratic Fire, Erratic Passion (select readings): “One Big Lie I Repeated A Lot of Times,” by Lance Armstrong, “Ben Johnson” by Carl Lewis, “Carl Lewis” by Ben Johnson, “Kerrigan v. Harding” by Tonya Harding feat. Nancy Kerrigan, “Rajon: Rondeau” by Rajon Rondo
Group Presentation 2 ctd…
Unit 10: Knowing a Country Through Sport
Reading: Erratic Fire, Erratic Passion (select readings): “Ford Tough” by Don Cherry, “Russia Better Canada” by Nail Yakupov
Group Presentation 2 ctd…
Unit 11: Overcoming All Odds
Film: Creed (2015) directed by Ryan Coogler
Group Presentation 2 ctd…
Analytical Written Response 2 due (10%)
Unit 12: Final Exam (30%)

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