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

Modern Sport - A Global History (HIST*2130)

Code and section: HIST*2130*01

Term: Fall 2021

Instructor: Alan McDougall


Course Format: 

The class format will follow a mixture of asynchronous lectures (recorded and posted at the start of every week) and synchronous (i.e. real time) seminars. 

Audio recordings of each week’s lecture will be posted on Courselink before each week’s seminars, along with lecture-accompanying PowerPoints. 

There will be eight seminar sections (~20 students each).

  • Four sections will meet in real time on Microsoft Teams.
  • Four sections will meet in real time on campus (classrooms to be confirmed).

Students may enroll in a section with exclusively virtual seminars or they may enroll in a section with seminars planned for on-campus/in-person delivery.

Course Synopsis:  

Few activities better suit global histories of the modern world than sport. Since the nineteenth century, organized games have been integral to mass culture and everyday life 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, and nationalism – this course critically analyzes the development of modern sport from a global perspective. With a primary emphasis on the “global game” of football (soccer), the material covered will include a wide range of sports and countries, from cricket on the Indian sub-continent to baseball in the United States.

Methods of Evaluation and Weights:

Class participation: 25%
Short assignments (2): 30% (15% each)
Essay plan: 10%
Essay: 35%         

Texts and/or Resources Required:

There is no textbook for the class. All assigned readings – generally one per week – will be available on the HIST*2130 Courselink site

**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.**