Modern Sport - A Global History (HIST*2130) | College of Arts

Modern Sport - A Global History (HIST*2130)

Code and section: HIST*2130*01

Term: Winter 2019

Instructor: Alan McDougall


Course Synopsis:

Few activities lend themselves more powerfully to global history than sport.  Since the late nineteenth century, organized games have been integral to mass culture around the world, reflecting and shaping wider political and socio-economic processes.  Covering key themes in the history of the modern world - such as race, empire, gender, mass media, and nationalism - this course analyzes the development of modern sport from a global perspective.  With an emphasis on football (soccer), course material also includes many other sports and countries, from cricket on the Indian subcontinent to baseball in the United States and hockey in Canada.

Learning Outcomes:


Methods of Evaluation and Weights:

Short Assignments - 40% (10% per assignment)
Research essay - 35% (5% essay plan/30% essay itself)
Final exam - 25%

Required Textbooks:

All required readings will be posted on Courselink or available electronically through the University library.


Please note: This is a preliminary website description only. The department reserves the right to change without notice any information in this description. The final, binding course outline will be distributed in the first class of the semester.

The University of Guelph resides on the land of the Between the Lakes Treaty No. 3, the territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit. This land is part of the Dish with One Spoon, a covenant between Indigenous nations to live peaceably on the territories of the Great Lakes region. We recognize that today this gathering place is home to many First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and acknowledging them reminds us of our collective responsibility to the land where we learn, live and work.