Sports & National Identity

This course will explore themes of national identity, nationalism, and patriotism through sports and sporting events in a global context. We will examine how sports played around the world shape people’s feelings of attachment and pride, specifically to a national identity and a geographical location. In doing so, we will examine both individual sports and large-scale sporting events around the world. Some of these include American football, the Olympic Games, rugby, and the World Cup. We will explore regions accross the world. Students will be able to research a specific sporting event or sport and its relationship to nationalism.