We are into the last two weeks of the Business, Politics and Sport (BPS2011) unit at the University of Canberra.
Leigh Blackall and I have been co-teaching this unit and have met 95 remarkable students on the course.
Essays are due in this week and these have been developed over the course with students using Wikiversity as their platform.
I am using this post to catch up with the last month of activity.
Tony Naar presented a fascinating account of the Australian Paralympic Movement a month ago. There is a post about Tony’s talk on the BPS2011 blog. His talk ended with this remarkable video of the 1960 Paralympians which embodied for me everything that is special about sport as a playful cultural form. It was one of those Field of Dreams moments for me.
A week later I presented some information about how sport might unite or divide communities. My Slidecast is here.
Last week we listened to Alannah Magee’s story of her journey into the sports business. Her exhortation for agile business practice based upon profound ethical values and service was a perfect synthesis of some of the key issues in BPS2011 around the commodification and politicisation of sport.
This week in the unit I aim to provide an overview of the unit and end with a practice for our open book exam next week. This is the Slidecast I will use for the presentation: