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A Global History of Soccer

HISTORY 12 (4.0 units)Session I

It is the planet’s most popular sport. Its rules are simple, its mode of execution almost infinite. It is a fine art form, and war by other means. Manipulated by rulers, the plaything of tyrants, oligarchs, oil tycoons and myriad capitalists, it remains the people’s game and the peoples’ game, enjoyed by every nation, race, and religion around the globe. This course aims to uncover the broad contours of the history of the soccer, from its humble beginnings among Britain’s industrial working class to its present global pre-eminence. What are its origins? How, why and where did it develop? Why the global attraction, expansion, and continued popularity? What are its rules and structures of governance? How do we account for the different styles and philosophies of playing the game? In addition to these questions, this course uses soccer as a lens to analyze some of the most pressing historical phenomena: empire and methods of colonial control; class and race relations; gender dynamics; national and international politics.

Instructor(s) Humphrey, O.
Schedule MWF 9:00 - 10:50am, Intercollegiate Athletics Building 131
Units 4.0
Course Code 26510
UC Undergraduate (per unit) $ 279.00
UC Graduate (per unit) $ 349.00
Visitor (per unit) $ 349.00
Note(s) None