History of Sport

“People and Power” in the World of Sport

The modern world is full of sport: both elite professional and weekend sports. It has become a feature of our modern society. How has this changed and developed over time?

How important is winning? Could the victory in sport be used as an instrument of “power”? To what lengths will people or governments go in order to win?  How is participating in sport used as a symbol of power? Have some people been able to use success in sport to create ‘Power’ outside the sport itself? Has there been a cost? There are many questions that arise in the consideration of People and Power in sport.

You could consider the role of individual sportspeople, administrators, governments, scientists, and/or new technology to improve performance and community health. Does sport end up being a catalyst for People and Power or is this an overestimation of its significance in our society?

Is sport seen differently in Australia from other places in the world?

In this category you need to look at People and Power in respect of a sportsperson, a particular sport, or sport in general. You could look at an Australian example or a non-Australian one or you could compare the two.