01:30 PM to 02:45 PM TR
Section Information for Spring 2018
The course explores the history of the modern Olympics, with an emphasis on United States participation. Students will examine the origins of the Games, American imperialism and the Olympics, international politics and the modern Games, notions of amateurism and professionalism vis-à-vis the Games, and issues of gender, race, ethnicity, and national identity in the modern Olympic movement. Students will also be asked to consider how United States involvement in the Games informed American culture and how American culture shaped attitudes towards the Games. Olympics receiving special attention include the 1904 St. Louis Olympics, the 1936 Berlin Olympics, the 1968 Mexico City Olympics, the 1972 Munich Olympics, and the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.