Citizenship and the Olympics

Primary History article

By Mike Mitchell, published 19th June 2011

Please note: this article pre-dates the 2014 National Curriculum and some content may be outdated.

Citizenship links. While most of us engage with the nature of the sporting aspects of an Olympics throughout its modern day reincarnation, there are many aspects of the Games on and off the sporting field that have a clear linkage to citizenship.

National identity, human rights, extremism, the media. The concept of national identity, often mingled with a clear political agenda, has been the real agenda for many applicant countries. The Games and their link to the developing and changing human rights agendas talk to a key citizenship concept. Others have used the focus of the Games as a means of promoting their own external political agenda. Being the centre of attention for the world's media is an alluring prospect for many individuals and groups. The power of the media and its influence is again central to the study of citizenship.

Teaching ideas. In order to develop these citizenship themes into a coherent series of teaching episodes teachers can adopt the following ideas...

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