Sport And Its Influence On Society

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Bi-weekly – Week 2 ; Monday ; 10am – 12pm

Term 1 – via Zoom; Term 2 – Tartu (tbc)     Space available

Whether you are a huge fan, or couldnt care less, the sporting world affects you. In this workshop we will explore topics such as sports 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 a bibliography 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, current affairs and has facilitated both the Equality and Inequality workshop and the current Democracy and Conflict Resolution workshop. 

Cathy Spark ( is a passionate, lifelong student of social history, and loves to share her interests in workshops with other curious learners. She has facilitated a number of workshops over the last 5 years on topics as varied as the Cultural History of Food and Drink and Conspiracy Theories. 

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