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 2023

Instructor: Alan McDougall


Course Format: 

The class will take place in person, via 2x1h20m lectures per week.

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:

  • Short assignments (2): 30% (15% each)
  • Essay plan: 10%
  • Essay: 35%
  • Final exam: 25%         

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 web course 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.**