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.
School of Exercise Science, Sport and Health
- 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.