ISS 328 Culture of Soccer
In the spring/summer of 2013 I took on online class at Michigan State University called the Culture of Soccer. Professor Peter Alegi is an opponent on the soccer field but a fellow fan of the beautiful game and I thoroughly enjoyed the class, learning information about the development of the game worldwide and how it has impacted fans, governments and clubs around the world.
Here is the course description:
This course explores continuity and change in the global culture of soccer and its relationship to social dynamics, economic interests, and power relationships. It combines general analysis with specific case studies to make connections across time and space. By examining the intersections of the historical and the contemporary, the individual and the social, the local and the global, we will discover how and why race, ethnicity, class, gender, media, and business made the world of soccer we see today.
Visit the class blog
Each week we were required to write a post based on the assignments. We then reviewed fellow classmates posts and made short comments. Here were my contributions:
From Ancient Games to Modern Football
Professionalism and Globalization
The Soccerati, Fan Violence and Stadium Disasters
Futbol/Futebol: The Politics of Fun in Latin America
The World Cup: Sport, Politics, and Business
The World Cup: Africa on the World Stage
Men’s and Women’s Soccer in the USA
Final Assignment–Essay Emotional Impact on Soccer Culture
Would love to hear any feedback regarding my posts or the links for the class. The class is definitely worth the time if you are looking for a deeper understanding of the game.