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Shawnee State University’s summer course “Thinking LeBron James: An Introduction to Sociological Critique” receives attention from ESPN

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June 18

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SSU’s course “Thinking LeBron James: An Introduction to Sociological Critique” caught the attention of ESPN.

Shawnee State University’s summer course “Thinking LeBron James: An Introduction to Sociological Critique” recently caught the attention of ESPN sports business analyst, Darren Rovell, on social media.

The course is taught by Dr. Sean Dunne, Assistant Professor of Sociology, and is designed as a broad introduction to the practice of sociological critique. It examines the role of sport and play in modern society while utilizing LeBron James as a point of reference and departure. Throughout the course, students are encouraged to examine the influence and reproduction of race, gender and class while assessing the impact of media and celebrity culture. The course uses James to study how these themes function in collaboration with each other in contemporary society.

Dunne’s course was developed with the assistance of the International Sociology Honors Society, Alpha Kappa Delta.

“Alpha Kappa Delta helped fund my attendance of the 44th Annual Conference of Association of Black Sociologists in North Carolina last year, which allowed me to receive useful feedback to develop this course,” said Dunne.

For more information regarding the course, contact Sean Dunne at sdunne@shawnee.edu.

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