HIST 483
Sport and Diplomacy Spring 2021
Division II Writing Skills Difference, Power, and Equity
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Sport has emerged in recent years as a hot topic of study among diplomatic historians. Once considered a marginal topic, sport is now seen as a critical window into the world of international relations. Recent works address not only official state policies pertaining to international sport, but also issues of nationalism, imperialism, racial ideologies, transnational migration, public diplomacy, culture in foreign relations, and the role of sport governing bodies in the international system. In this tutorial, students will read key essays and monographs that contribute to this emerging literature, alongside state-of-the field essays that explore the methodological and thematic approaches that historians have used to grapple with the complex interactions between countries, peoples, and cultures that occur within the realm of sport.
The Class: Format: tutorial; This course will be remote. If conditions allow, I may set up in-person tutorial sessions for on-campus students.
Limit: 10
Expected: 10
Class#: 5269
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Students will write and present orally six essays (5-7 pages each) on assigned readings each week; students not presenting an essay in a given week will produce a 2-3 page written critique
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: History majors and students with some prior course work in foreign relations and/or international history
Distributions: Division II Writing Skills Difference, Power, and Equity
WS Notes: Students will each write six (6) tutorial papers of 5-7 pages and six (6) critiques of 2-3 pages. The professor will provide weekly written feedback on each of these papers, and they will be discussed at length in tutorial sessions.
DPE Notes: Modern sport emerged in a colonial context as a means of asserting and maintaining control and has become a key site of contestation over the color line in both domestic and international contexts. International sport competitions like the Olympics and the World Cup have served as proxies for military power and showcases for national cultures in ways that have both revealed and concealed ongoing racial tensions. This course explores diversity, power, and equity in international sport.
Attributes: HIST Group F Electives - U.S. + Canada
HIST Group G Electives - Premodern

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