Pick a sports movie or book (novel or biography) that illustrates one of the topics discussed so far on the course (the pursuit of excellence, the urge to win, fair play, sport as beauty, sport as tragedy, sport as religion, etc). Describe the plot or key features of the book or movie where necessary, but focus on explaining how it illustrates the dimension of sport you are exploring. Finally, state how you think the movie/book deepens our understanding of sport in the area you are discussing. Wherever possible, use the readings from the class to explain and illustrate your points. (Note: this is NOT a book report/movie review: only describe plot/characters as necessary for discussing the philosophical issue.) 25 points, 3 pages. Deadline: Sunday 11:59pm
To give you one example: this week we have talked about sport in terms of sacred places and in terms of camaraderie or solidarity. You could choose a movie or novel that contains what you consider to be an example of these, and then explore how the movie or book illustrates and deepens your understanding of this aspect of sport.
Some examples of books/movies and how to write about them:
The film Jerry Maguire: The role of agents in sport, the place of money and whether it should be a key motivating factor in sport, the ethical status of greed. What the film implies about this issue, and your own opinion or response to that.
Biography of Roger Bannister (first man to run a sub 4-minute mile): the psychology of an athlete; why he runs; the impact of the athlete as role model.
Nick Hornby, novel ‘Fever Pitch’, about a soccer-mad fan: The life of a sports fan, its drawbacks and joys. Discussion of whether being a sports fan is worth it, and the advantages of this lifestyle.
These are just some suggestions, and for whatever item you choose multiple issues will be touched upon – it’s best to just focus on one as it’s a short paper and depth of analysis is what I’m looking for.