Sport and Its Influence on Society

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Bi-weekly;  Week Two;  Monday;  2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Two Terms; In-person  **NEW**  

Whether you are a huge fan or couldn’t care less, the sporting world affects you. In this workshop we will explore topics such as sport’s impact on socialization, national identity, economics, race, gender and social inclusion and exclusion.

We will look at many of the good and bad aspects of sport from the time of the ancient Greeks to the present day, asking ourselves questions like ‘Who says competition is bad?’, ‘Is sport a mirror of society?’, ‘Are nations that invest in sport more successful?’, and ‘Has sport replaced religion as the opiate of the masses?’

Workshop members are expected to give a 20 minute presentation on their topic and to participate in the discussions. There is no assigned reading list and an extensive workshop notes will be provided.


Stephen Johnson ( is a Chartered Accountant and is the co- founder of a Toronto asset management company. He is interested in history and current affairs, and facilitated a number of workshops including Equality and Inequality and some Democracy workshops.

Ginny Campbell ( Throughout my professional career, I worked with creative people whether as a Director of Production for a global media production company or as a Company Manager for the performing arts.  I love ballet, travel, long walks, cheering for the Raptors, and volunteering with the National Ballet of Canada.