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General Interest / Psychology, Philosophy, Culture, History and Law

More Than a Game, Sport, Politics and World History

20SU102 Sport

Start date: 8th Jan 2024

Time: 19:00 - 21:00

Cost: £99

Day: Monday

Duration: 10 weeks

Tutor: Andy Ison

Course code: 24SP087

This course is for students with an interest in history in world, European, Imperial or British history

For the first session students will need an interest in history, an open mind, a desire to learn and a willingness to enquire and question. A knowledge of sport is not needed although an interest in what motivates and guides people is always useful.

Additional Costs: None

The course aims: The course will use a range of sporting events as a way to consider some of major issues from history in the last 150 years or so. It will consider a range of topics such as: the use of sport by political parties and leaders; the power of individuals and groups to challenge norms, oppose discrimination and struggle for civil and human rights; the use of sport for geo-political advantage and its role in war and shaping peace; the role of sports and key heroes in forging national identities.

These are stories and events that transcend sport as they explore the dramas that unfolded when people, teams and events came to represent so much more than just a game.

The course will cover:

A range of political events from the 19th century up to the present day, highlighting the ways in which sport has been touched by the whole range of factors that shape society and affect humanity and, in return, has then changed them for good and ill. The events themselves are not listed but the following sports will be covered in some way:

· Boxing

· Cricket

· Football and the World Cup

· Rugby Union

· Athletics

· The Olympic Games

· Baseball

· Basketball

· Table Tennis

· Gaelic Football

· Chess

The issues covered will include: international diplomacy, the use of banned drugs, racism and civil rights, gender and equality, match fixing, human rights, war, bribery and corruption, sports-washing and terrorism.

By the end of the course students will have a deeper understanding of a range of major events from history that just happen to have involved sport. The stories and the analysis of the stories will make connections, situating these events within the broader context of the countries concerned, the political, cultural and social tensions of the age, showing how they involved people who were deeply rooted in their time and came to represent something far more important than the result of the game.

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Andy Ison

Andy Ison

Andrew Ison has been leading courses and delivering lectures for several years, covering a range of topics in History, Politics and Current Affairs. He has had two main careers, firstly as a Catholic Priest and secondly as a secondary school teacher. He has degrees in Economic History from the University of Durham and in Theology and Philosophy from the University of Comillas in Madrid. He also has a PGCE in History from the University of Warwick.
Andy is a story teller, analyst, thinker, questioner, connector and provocateur. He has spent most of his life trying to make sense of the world, occasionally making progress, by looking for patterns, asking questions and developing tentative answers. He has lived a varied life after working in parishes, schools, prisons, hospitals and youth work.

"In my teaching I aim to be interesting, creative and challenging, looking to enthuse students and to encourage debate. I believe we all learn best when we are engaged with the subject, when we care and feel some passion for it, see its relevance to our own experiences and feel a connection with those who are or were involved. Stories, images, maps and debate all play key roles in these classes so that understanding is added to knowledge."

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