EHR322 Major Sporting Events in Society (8)

This subject focuses on the social, cultural and political significance of major mainstream and alternative sporting events. Students will learn how these events developed from social and religious festivals to universal sporting and ideological movements. Students will also be introduced to some key issues and problems surrounding major sporting events. They will also be asked to consider the significance of alternative sporting events in the modern world. Subjects covered include, the role of the media in framing public consciousness of mega-events; the history and culture of specific mega events; and alternative/non-mainstream games (eg. the Gay Olympics and the Black Olympics).

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2021.

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Exercise Science, Sport and Health

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to consider the sociocultural significance of the Olympics in ancient and modern society;
  • be able to examine key political, economic and social issues surrounding the world's major sporting events;
  • be able to critically analyse the culturally specific meanings associated with the world's major sporting events;
  • be able to critically analyse the structures and organisation of the world's major sporting events;
  • be able to obtain, evaluate, synthesise and organise information;
  • be able to present and communicate ideas and information in group settings;
  • be able to undertake independent research on an aspect of the world's major sporting events.


This subject will cover the following topics:

- Mega-events and media culture; - The Olympic Games, Pioneers and Progress 1896-1936; - The Cold War Olympics 1948-1988; - The Olympics after the Cold War 1992-2004; - Major sporting events in Greek culture; - Major sporting events in Roman culture; - The World Cups of Football (ie. Women's World Cup); - Major sporting events for alternative cultures; - Aborigines, sports carnivals and continuity of culture; - Yuendumu, the black Olympics; - ESPN's Extreme Games; - The Gay Games; - Golf's major events, Tiger Woods, representation and struggles over identity; - Australia's move into Asia and the major sporting events on our doorstep.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.