Term: Spring 2020 - Full Term (01/21/2020 - 05/04/2020)
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TOPIC for HIST 498 sec 1ON - LORDS OF THE RINGS: The Diplomatic & Political History of the Olympics
(This course is taught ONLINE)
Every four years the country is riveted to their television sets, watching the athletic prowess of American sports figures. It doesn’t matter if the event is Curling, Ping Pong, the Downhill, or the Marathon, viewers tune in to watch the games and cheer for their countries’ representatives. When compared to the first, modern Olympic games; the attention, energy, and finances associated with the current games challenge some of the founding pretext for games themselves. This course will explore the diplomatic and political development of the Olympic games from 1896 to present, focusing on four key aspects of the games. What does it mean to be an amateur? Are the games international or national in their focus? How have social constructs of female athleticism changed over time? And do the games transcend politics or does politics rule the games? Drawing on recent scholarship, this online course will explore these questions and others as it historically charts the evolution of the Modern Olympic Games. Course meets the History major requirement for Group I or II. This course is taught ONLINE!