Workshop 1: Teaching African Sports

April 10, 2017
15:30  -  18:00
Teaching African Sports

A small, but growing, group of scholars has been struggling, though increasingly successfully, for some time to legitimize the study of sports in the academy.  Yet, even if research on sports-related topics has gained traction in the academy and publishers have been increasingly receptive, introducing this work into the classroom remains a significant challenge.  Indeed, although numerous scholars currently conduct research on an array of sports topics, there are far fewer who offer sports-themed classes at their respective institutions.  And even fewer that focus on Africa.  Although there exist a growing number of sports-themed classes that include Africa, including all manner of “World Football” courses, these typically offer minimal or peripheral coverage of Africa.  Towards more fully incorporating African sports in the classroom, the organizers of the upcoming “Sports Africa” conference, to be held April 10-13 at the University of the Free State, in Bloemfontein, South Africa, have organized a workshop that aims to explore the various ways that sports in Africa are employed in the classroom – either as standalone classes or as part of broader, more topically-varied courses – the pedagogical strategies and approaches that instructors are employing, and challenges to further incorporation.  As an outgrowth of these efforts, the workshop also seeks to examine how we can engage our students in meaningful research endeavors on topics related to sports in Africa.   The workshop will provide a forum in which scholars who are actively teaching African Sports in the classroom can exchange ideas, approaches, and experiences.  To maximize this session, participants will be encouraged to pre-circulate relevant syllabi as well as (brief) pedagogical essays based on their experiences, with the workshop providing an opportunity for fruitful, face-to-face exchange flowing out of these pieces, with the ultimate aim of growing the presence of African Sports in the classroom.

Please contact Todd Cleveland, at: for questions and inquiries.

Agenda for discussion

⇒ Sport as part of classes that also consider leisure and recreation
⇒ Integrating (African) Sports History in World History courses, Global History, Cold War History, etc.
⇒ Locating accessible source materials – for student research and class assignments
⇒ The legitimacy in the academy of sports-related classes – attractive to students ⇒ and, thus, “seat fillers,” but not taken seriously by some scholars
⇒ Sport as part of classes that consider development
⇒ Preparing students via coursework to work in the sports industry
⇒ Sport pedagogy and Physical Education
⇒ Sports methodology and biography writing
⇒ Learning Outcomes and Assessment – how to set learning outcomes and assess students’ knowledge/performance
⇒ Ethnological research of African athletes by students
⇒ Sports coursework and social justice
⇒ How to make African sports appealing to those who have little social, cultural, or historical understanding of Africa.

Workshop 1 Booklet

Syllabus Samples

Sport, Race and Power in South Africa
Pedagogical Statement: Teaching African Sports in a World History Context: Global and Local Approaches
African Life After Work: Sport Leisure and Society
Lektionsplan, Sport og Globalisering, Sektion for Idræt, efteråret 2016
Syllabus – History of Sports in Africa

Global Politics of Sports
Syllabus Global Sports S15DerekCastam
Syllabus — Global Sports S11DerekCastam
Borrero-Sport History Global and Public

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