Sports: an American history
Time: 10:30 - 13:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HAH61
Duration: 2 sessions
What is the course about?
Sport is a multi-billion dollar industry in the USA. Beyond that, sport plays a huge role in American culture and in the daily life of Americans. We will talk about the history of sport in the United States, including amateur sport and professional sport. We will also discuss the broader social and cultural context of American sport.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
- The development and evolution of famous American sports (e.g. American football, baseball, and basketball)
- The development and evolution of professional leagues (NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL)
- The development and evolution of college sports as a big business, including the controversies surrounding the NCAA
- Racial issues (e.g. The segregation and eventual integration of professional leagues)
- Gender issues (e.g. Title IX)
- Sports media
- Sports in American literature and cinema
- Economics of American sport.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- better understand American sport as a complex social, cultural, political and economic phenomenon
- better understand of current (and past) controversies surrounding American sport.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an introductory-level course. No prior knowledge is necessary, only curiosity.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
I will use a combination of lecture, discussion, and group activities to teach the course. You do not need to do work outside of class, but reading materials will be available if you wish to learn more.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There are no other costs. However, you may wish to bring paper and pen, or digital equivalents, for note-taking.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Please visit the section on American history on our website.
Brian was born and raised in the U.S.A. but moved to England seven years ago and recently became a British citizen. He has a master's and doctorate in U.S. history and has taught at Ohio State, Roehampton, Sheffield, and Hertfordshire universities. He is particularly interested in the roles of religion and ethnicity in American politics. As such, he has written about American Catholics during the Great Depression and Republican support for the Zionist movement. During his free time, he volunteers at Mind and a local history museum. He is an avid fan of all Boston sports teams and recently began reading science fiction novels.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.