Sport touches the lives of billions of people on a number of different levels. The purpose of this course is to study the growth and development of sport domestically, internationally and globally. This course examines the profile of significant sports and sport systems around the world. Throughout history sport has served many purposes. It has been used as a tool in the making of nations, a means to promote nationalism, a route to forge international relations through sport exchanges, improve physical and health education and serve political purposes. Recently numerous international organizations have put in place programs and initiatives to provide sporting opportunities for the citizens of developing nations in an attempt to improve the quality of life.