Soccer: A Global History


Spring 2017
3 LeConte
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TuTh 11-12:30
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Whether you call it soccer, football or futebol the beautiful game with the round ball is played and watched around the world.  This class will explore how and why that came to happen.  Along the way it will trace key developments in the game such as the formation of clubs, international tournaments, the development of stadiums, fan culture, media coverage, formations and styles of play, gambling and corruption, the working conditions and wages of players.   Although I am a massive fan the point of the class is not to nerd out but to locate these changes in broader historical processes – political, economic, social and cultural - that have transformed the game and made it a global commodity.   Ideally the class will teach you both a lot about the game and about thinking historically and how the world changes over time.   There will be a mid-term (30%) and a final exam (40%) with in-class notes allowed.  Section participation will account for the other 30% of the final grade.  The class will be administered through a bcourse site and the hashtag #GlobalSoccer101 will be used to share additional materials.