Mega Events: Inside the Winter Olympics
Michigan State University
Jan 27, 2014 to Mar 8, 2014
Cost per enrollment: Free
- Provides video lectures
- Provides opportunities to interact with the instructor or students
- Uses discussion forums
- Contains external social networking participation or elements
- You will not be given a final grade in this course
Full course description
Join us for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics! Mega-events like the Olympics are complex phenomena that combine decisions about a short-term festival with long-term social impacts. On the surface, the public spectacle is compelling but going inside the games reveals so much more about the event, athletes, and host city. We will explore the many dimensions of mega-events—history, culture, politics, business, law, sports management, health, and economics—and provide the tools and language to interpret and understand the 2014 Winter Olympics. Join us, and fans around the world, for a month of Olympic spectacle.
Mark Wilson, Ph.D.
Professor of Urban and Regional Planning
Mark Wilson is a Professor of Urban and Regional Planning in the School of Planning, Design and Construction, and Director of SPDCglobal. His interest in mega events goes back over twenty years, with visits to eight world's fairs and two Olympics. Mark has undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of Melbourne (Australia), and an A.M. and Ph.D. in regional science from the University of Pennsylvania. His research and teaching interests address mega events as well as urban planning, information technology, and economic geography.
Eva Kassens-Noor, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Urban and Transport Planning
Eva Kassens-Noor is an Assistant Professor of Urban and Transport Planning in the School of Planning, Design, and Construction (SPDC) at Michigan State University. She holds a joint appointment with the Global Urban Studies Program (GUSP) and is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography. She graduated in 2009 from MIT with a Ph.D. in Urban Planning (Department of Urban Planning and Studies) and a S.M. in Transportation (Civil and Environmental Engineering). She also received her degree (Diplom-Ingenieur) from the Universität Karlsruhe (TH) in Business Engineering. In her dissertation (2009, Massachusetts Institute of Technology), she explored the urban change process cities undergo when hosting the Olympic Games through four case studies: Barcelona, Atlanta, Athens and Sydney.