Bad Prof’s Global Sports Cultures Lectures

This semester, I’m teaching Global Sports Cultures for the third time.   I offer it through the Department of Comparative Literature at Michigan at the 100 level, meaning that it is open to students at all levels and from all colleges and majors at the University.  It consists of a lecture delivered once per week to all the students enrolled in the course (175), and then two discussion section meetings per week following that lecture.

I’ve learned that for the great majority of these students, this is the first humanities course they’ve taken in their college careers.  Realizing this has led me to revise the course materials and my approach to the lectures.

The University’s offers a lecture capture service for instructors and I’m able to make these available to the general public. Below is a list of the topics, along with the materials students were assigned to read or watch for the week that we’d be dealing with it.

  1. Ways of Seeing
    1. Mike Cronin, Sport: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014)
      1. Introduction
      2. Chapter 1: Origins
      3. Chapter 2: Modern
    2. Ben Carrington and David L. Andrews, “Introduction: Sport as Escape, Struggle and Art,” from the anthology they edited entitled A Companion to Sport (Oxford: Blackwell, 2013)
  2. The Body
    1. Dominic Malcolm: “Body,” from SAGE Dictionary of Sports Studies (London: SAGE, 2008)
    2. Stephen Wagg: “The Body/Embodiment (Health and Exercise),” from Key Concepts in Sports Studies (London: SAGE, 2009)
    3. Heather L. Reid: “Chapter Seven: Mind and Body,” Introduction to the Philosophy of Sport (Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2012)
    4. Chris Shilling, “5. Sporting Bodies,” from The Body in Culture, Technology and Society (London: SAGE, 2005).
    5. Richard Shusterman, “1. Thinking Through the Body: Educating the Humanities” from Thinking Through the Body: Essays in Somaesthetics (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012)
  3. Play
    1. Dominic Malcolm: “Homo Ludens,” from SAGE Dictionary of Sports Studies
    2. Stephen A. Schmid,  “Play” from The Bloomsbury Companion to the Philosophy of Sport, Ed. Cesar Torres (New York: Bloomsbury, 2014)
    3. Heather L. Reid, “Chapter Three: Sport and Play,” Introduction to the Philosophy of Sport
    4. Randolph Feezell, “A Pluralistic Conception of Play”, from The Philosophy of Play, Ed. Emily Ryall, Wendy Russell, and Malcolm MacLean (New York: Routlede, 2013)
    5. Stuart Lester, “Playing in a Deleuzian Playground,” The Philosophy of Play.
  4. Limits
    1. Heather L. Reid, “Chapter Four: Sport and Games,” Introduction to the Philosophy of Sport
    2. Jan Boxill, “Competition,” The Bloomsbury Companion to the Philosophy of Sport
    3. Steven Connor, Chapters Two through Seven (covering “Space,” “Time,” “Movement,” “Equipment,” “Rules,” and “Winning”) in his A Philosophy of Sport (London: Reaktion Books, 2011).
  5. Values
  6. Organization
  7. Week 7 — Markets
  8. Week 8 — Media
  9. Week 9 — Politics
  10. Week 10 — Images
  11. Week 11 — Numbers
  12. Week 12 — Words