Course Overview

Few institutions have the same global reach and impact as sport, which makes it an industry worth studying. Several major sporting events typically take place during the time of this class: Euro Cup and Copa América soccer, Wimbledon tennis, and the MLB all-star game, to name a few. These events offer students the chance to critically consider how media create narratives about people and places. In our current climate, where many sporting events have had to be canceled, we will examine how sports organizations continue to engage with fanbases. Students in this program will learn how media coverage of sporting events shapes how we think about national identity, race, and gender.

Course Objectives

Students will learn to:

  1. Articulate what makes an activity a sport
  2. Explain the relationship between sport and media
  3. Discuss nationality, race, and gender in the context of sport
  4. Think more critically about how sports media affects our understandings of groups of people

Course Information

Course Prefix and Number: SCN 047

Eligibility: Students must be of rising high school sophomore junior, or senior status – or a 2021 high school graduate. 

Credit: Noncredit

Grading: Pass/Fail

Cost: $2,500
Program rates are subject to change and will be approved by the board of trustees.  Discounts and scholarships are also available.


Program Information

Summer College Online: Explore college life before stepping foot on campus! High school students can enroll in a college-level course, pursue their academic interests, and meet likeminded students in daily virtual events and activities.


“This was my first experience with any type of pre-college program, and while I had heard good things, I did not quite know what to expect. Syracuse did an amazing job. I felt fully supported by the faculty and knew I could ask for help whenever I needed it.”

—Nina G., Summer College Online Student, 2020

Course Dates and Details

ProgramCourse DatesSynchronous Class Time (Eastern Time)Credit/NoncreditStatus
Summer College Online3-Week Session I:  July 19 – August 6, 2021MTWThF;
1PM-2:30PM
NoncreditClosed

Course Requirements

Technology Requirements

  • Laptop or desktop computer with a webcam and mouse
  • Reliable internet access
  • A space conducive to taking an online class (without distractions)

Required Supplies

Students should budget for required textbooks and supplies. A supply and textbook listing will be sent to students before the start of the program.

Student Expectations

Students will be expected to:

  1. Attend each synchronous class
  2. Complete the readings prior to class
  3. Engage in thoughtful discussion
  4. Produce essays that apply readings

Typical Day

Tentative Schedule

Students must attend live synchronous online sessions Monday – Friday, from 1-2:30pm Eastern Time.

When class is over, and on weekends, students can look forward to various Summer College virtual activities to meet and connect with other students across the world. Check out our Virtual Campus Experience page for more information!

Faculty Bios

Anne Osborne

Anne Osborne teaches a range of classes on media and culture. Osborne’s teaching is informed by her research on gender, sport, and fandom. She has published peer-reviewed articles in journals such as International Journal of Sport Communication, Journal of Public Relations Research, and Sport in Society, as well as several book chapters. She is lead author of “Female Fans of the NFL: Taking their Place in the Stands” (Routledge, 2016), and is working on a new book titled “Transgender and Intersex Athletes Against Gender Binaries in Sports: Discourses of Difference” (Peter Lang, 2020).

William Osborne

William Osborne teaches courses on philosophy, art and creativity at Syracuse University. He has worked in Honors programs at different universities and specializes in interdisciplinary instruction, collaborative learning, and course development. His research areas are in the philosophy of art and creativity. He is also a practicing artist, writer, and musician.


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