In the twentieth century sport was transformed from an amateur pastime to a global business and became an important tool for nations in the conduct international relations and diplomacy. This course will introduce students to the development of the international sports system and its modes of governance. It will consider the notion of an international sports law. It will explore the use of sport in international relations and diplomacy from the rise of totalitarian regimes in the 1930s to the present day. Using a series of case studies, the course will consider themes such as sport as international diplomacy; international treaties related to sport; sporting boycotts, human rights; discrimination; violence; women in sport; sport as development aid; corruption in sport; among others. It will also examine international organisations such as the IOC, FIFA, the World Anti-Doping Agency and the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Sport, Spectacle and Diplomacy in Early Modern Europe
Soft Power and International Relations
The Governance Structures of International Sport
Totalitarian Regimes and the use of Sport in international relations
The use of sporting boycotts in internationals relations
Human rights and sport
Sport as development Aid
The Politics of Sport and intellectual Property and Ambush Marketing
Sweatshops and the Sports Apparel Industry
Sport and International Treaties
Intersection of International Law and Sport
The Court of Arbitration for Sport and the World Anti Doping Agency
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