Spotlight on HTS 3075 and Other SST Courses

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HTS 3075 – Foundations of Sports Studies
Spring 2016
T/TH 9:35-10:55

Special Focus on Atlanta & the 20th Anniversary of the Atlanta Olympic Games
Professors Mary McDonald and Jennifer Sterling
School of History and Sociology

For the Spring 2016 semester HTS 3075 Foundations of Sports Studies will focus on Atlanta, Georgia Tech and the 20th anniversary of the Atlanta Olympic Games. Students will examine materials from the Games, visit Olympic venues, and hear lectures from Georgia Tech professors about the legacy of the Atlanta Games. Students will also explore the connection between the Games and Georgia Tech. For example, the Campus Recreation Center hosted aquatic events including swimming, diving and water polo for the 1996 Games. 

Thus we will use the case of the Olympic Games and its connection to Georgia Tech to explore the historical, social, economic, and technological importance of sports in local and global contexts with special emphasis on the ways that sports are studied by professors at Georgia Tech. This includes content related to : Socio-Historical Aspects of Olympic Sports; Sports Management & (New) Media; Global, National, & Local Sports; and Sports Sciences and the Olympic Games. 

Students will complete projects related to historical, media and policy analyses of Olympic images and documents. Students will also research and produce content related to the 1996 Olympics through digital humanities approaches including website and digital content development, mapping and visualization.

This course counts towards the Sports, Society, and Technology minor and provides a great introduction and foundation for the minor, and Sports Studies more generally. Sports, Society, and Technology classes offered for Spring 2016 are as follows:
  • Dr. Mary McDonald/Dr. Jennifer Sterling, HTS 3075 Foundations of Sports Studies, T/TH 9:35-10:55 
  • Dr. Jennifer Sterling, HTS 3089 Science, Technology & Sports, T/TH 1:35-2:55 
  • Dr. Johnny Smith, HTS 3803 Boxing Race and American Culture, MWF 10:00-10:50 
  • Dr. Greg Zinman, LMC 3252 Sports & Film, M/W 12:05-1:25
  • Dr. Jud Ready, MSE 4803R: Materials Science & Engineering of Sports, MWF 9:05-9:55

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Georgia Institute of Technology
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