Sports, Protest Movements, and Conflict Resolution

3 credits


Peace Studies
College of Arts and Science

This course will critically analyze the social significance of sports, focusing on events leading to and influencing protest movements and the peaceful outcomes (or lack thereof)of these movements through conflict resolution. We will identify the non-violent behaviors, strategies, and ideologies of numerous athletes such as: Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown, Harry Edwards, John Carlos and Tommy Smith, Colin Kaepernick, and their particular methods of rebellion and representation of issues. Furthermore, we will examine how fans, organizations, media, and sporting committees (i.e. International Olympic Committee) have reacted to athlete revolts, and the effectiveness of revolts in changing society.