Understanding the World through the Olympics: Media, Nationalism, Capitalism, and Protest at the Japan 2021 Olympic Games


INSTRUCTOR: Stephen Andon

SECTION: Summer B (Fully-Online) – RVHB


Course Description

From its aristocratic origins in 1896 to over a century’s worth of controversies, tragedies, and triumphs, the Olympic Games have always been a crucial lens for understanding political, economic, and social issues. The close inspection of these issues provides the opportunity to heighten a critical awareness of a commercial and mediated colossus that seeks to obscure or hide behind the guise of “political neutrality.” This course will examine those issues through in-depth readings, discussions, writing prompts, and active learning classroom interactions, culminating with the planned opening week of the 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.