HIST 387: Topics in Global History

HIST 387-006: The History of the Olympics and the U.S.
(Spring 2023)

01:30 PM to 02:45 PM MW

Planetary Hall 120

Section Information for Spring 2023

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.

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3-6

Study of historical topics or periods of special interest in global, Latin American, African, Asian, or Middle Eastern history. Notes: Topics announced in advance. May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term.
Mason Core: Mason Core (All)
Specialized Designation: Topic Varies, Non-Western Culture
Schedule Type: Lecture
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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