New Summer Course in Global Studies: GS 247: Sports and Globalization

In anticipation of the 2012 Olympics in London, England, this course provides students the opportunity to critique globalization through the lens of sports. While students may be aware of globalizing sports processes such as the global branding of Michael Jordan, the global commercialization of sporting goods and corporations like Nike, and the global expansion of sports media, they may be less aware of the consequences of the globalization of sports and the global power relations shaping these processes. This course will expose students to how globalization of sports often amplifies, exacerbates and reinforces different socioeconomic and political processes such as national rivalries, racial identities and stereotypes, labor recruitment, circulation and exploitation, and the uneven local economic realities of global event sites such as the World Cup and the Olympic games.

The course is being offered from May 30th-July 1st.

The course is being offered from 8:30-10:20 a.m. M-F.

The instructor is Madeleine Wong.