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Global and Regional Studies: Geography of Sport

GRS 095 OL1 (CRN: 61892)

3 Credit Hours

For crosslists see: GEOG 095 OL3 GRS 195 OL1 GEOG 195 OL1 GEOG 297 OL1

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Dates: June 29 - August 7, 2020; Cross listed with GRS 195 OL1, GEOG 095 OL3 and GEOG 195 OL1, GEOG 297 OL1

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Section Description

Sports are an increasingly central part of our globalized world. We see this in many ways: the building of new arenas and infrastructure, the multibillion-dollar expansion of professional sporting leagues, the increasingly lucrative nature of athletic content in broadcasting, the multimillion-dollar contracts signed by star athletes, the growing participation of children in organized sports, the emergence of virtual games and fantasy sports, and the changing nature of unstructured play, among many others. The significance of stadiums, infrastructure, and mega-events are also a key element of the race by urban sites worldwide to gain the title of ‘the global city.’ And the deep identification that many people have with sports teams and athletes tell us much about the continued importance of place in increasingly interconnected societies. This course looks at sports through a spatial lens, focusing specifically on the geographic concepts of place-making, urban development, and geopolitics. In particular we will explore the ways that affinities with sports teams are often a means to create and strengthen ties to specific regions and places, the centrality of mega-events and arena construction in the urbanization plans of many cities, and the ways and the ways in which sports and international competition can be a way of expressing political ideologies and positions.

Section Expectation

• To understand the contexts, histories, successes and challenges that lie behind some of the most popular and influential sporting traditions and events in the modern world • Demystifying and uncovering through course readings, class discussion and individual assignments the histories of particular sports in particular locations • Applying a specific theoretical lens introduced through the class to specific questions (e.g. using the ideas of gentrification, displacement and nation-building to examine the contested nature of the costs and benefits of hosting events like the Olympics or building football stadiums)


Reading responses 25% Observations 20% Discussion Board 25% Final Project 30%




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