Global Soccer, Global Politics
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Level: Undergraduate, Graduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy
Department: International Affairs
Course Number: NINT 5381
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • International Affairs
  • Media & Culture
  • Politics
This course will explore the connections between soccer -- particularly in its most "globalized" form through the World Cup and also the European professional leagues that are watched every week by hundreds of millions of TV viewers on every continent -- and global political, economic and cultural power relations. It will explore the game's relationship with issues ranging from political power and resistance, globalization, identity politics, migration, economic and social inequality, and transnational commerce, among others. Case studies include the World Cup as spectacle, migration and African football, identity politics and imagining the "national", the business economics of European football, Spain's La Liga and the English Premiership as global cultural performance, as well as the significance and potentials of soccer in the United States. We will also explore soccer in world film and literature.
Course Open to: Degree Students with Restrictions