This course is an introductory survey of topics within the Philosophy of Sport. Students will think critically about the moral, political, aesthetic, and social dimensions of the sporting activity. In light of the issues, challenges, and questions we will uncover, we will also ask what these realities mean for athletes, coaches, fans, teams, and other parties involved in sport.
Interested students from all academic disciplines and backgrounds are welcomed. Neither a background in Philosophy nor Sport is required to participate, learn, and succeed in this course. With that said, a background in Philosophy or Critical Theory is likely to aid in the comprehension of readings and course lectures.
The course will meet once a week throughout the semester for a combined lecture-discussion (80 mins). A typical course will include an overview of the assigned readings, a survey of alternative and opposing perspectives, followed by engaging discussion between students.
By the end of the semester, students will have been introduced to topics such as:
- Ethics of Genetic and Technological Enhancement in Sport
- Risk and Violence in Sport
- Nationalism and Fandom in Sport
- Gender and Sport
Furthermore, students will gain familiarity with different analytical and philosophical frameworks, practicing skills they can apply to topics beyond sport and philosophy.
The guiding motivation behind this course is to create a space for individuals passionate about sports, theory, and the intersection between the two to learn and grow as both students and athletes, in a supportive and diverse setting.
Link to Syllabus (subject to change): https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Kk8Jv0vIi81tjPREtXqlWGO1kD6eky83vu3wOt9MDP4/edit?usp=sharing
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