LET-GESMI173
Sport History and Philosophy
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleLET-GESMI173
Credits (ECTS)4 - 5
Category-
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Arts; History;
Lecturer(s)
Examiner
prof. dr. M.E.B. Derks
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Contactperson for the course
prof. dr. M.E.B. Derks
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Lecturer
prof. dr. M.E.B. Derks
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Lecturer
dr. R.P.M.M. Welters
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Academic year2017
Period
PER 2  (06/11/2017 to 04/02/2018)
Starting block
PER 2
Course mode
full-time
RemarksThis course is part of the Radboud International Minor "Sport & Exercise Sciences".

Accessible to exchange studen
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Pre-registrationNo
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
Aims
After this course students are able to:
  • address and elaborate on several important international historical debates on sport in relation to race, politics, and gender, both in past and present;
  • address and elaborate on several important debates within the philosophy of sport regarding the nature of sport, performance, and ethics;
  • analyze historical and philosophical texts on sport and present tehir findings in coherent papers.
Content
Governments and decision makers tend to emphasize the positive effects of (organized) sports on social cohesion. As part of civil society, sport clubs are supposed to play an important role within processes of inclusion. History, however, also shows another side to sport. During the last 150 years, organized sport has evoked great enthusiasm, but also served as an instrument to safeguard privileged social and cultural identity and thus exclude unwanted ‘others’.
In this course we examine several examples of inclusion and exclusion through sport from the end of the 19th century up until the present, and their impact. We will analyze public discourses and visual representations from a historical, ontological, ethical and anthropological perspective and concentrate on the role of class, gender, and race in sport, as well as the enhancement (doping & technology) and ‘able-bodiedness’ (superhumans & Paralympics) that have developed within it. We will also focus on the intersected aspects of identity within sports when several categories collide. By doing so, this course wants to stimulate students in developing a both critical and constructive attitude towards contemporary debates and political planning regarding sport.
Assumed previous knowledge
Positive 'Bindend Studie Advies' (BSA).This doesn't apply to foreign exchange students, who may sign up.

Note for exchange students: you cannot take this course if your English proficiency level is not at least B2 (TOEFL, IELTS, TOEIC or Cambridge). A statement from your home university won't be accepted.

Required materials
Articles
Title:Articles
Publisher:Via Blackboard

Instructional modes
Seminar
Attendance MandatoryYes

General
This course is part of the Radboud International Minor "Sport & Exercise Sciences".

Tests
Portfolio
Test weight50
Test typePortfolio
OpportunitiesBlock PER 2, Block PER 2

Minimum grade
5,5

Written Exam
Test weight50
Test typeExam
OpportunitiesBlock PER 2, Block PER 3

Minimum grade
5,5

Additional paper for extra credits
Test weight25
Test typePaper
OpportunitiesBlock PER 2, Block PER 2

Minimum grade
5,5

Remark
Students can earn 1 additional EC by adding a paper to this course. Contact the professor for details.