Olympic Studies Centre Cologne


The Olympic Studies Centre (OSC) at the German Sport University Cologne (GSU) was founded in 2005 and was established as a central research and teaching facility. The OSC Cologne ́s structure contains four pillars, serving as an Olympic Research Centre, Olympic Teaching Centre, Olympic Consulting Centre and Olympic Archive Centre. Since 2005, it has continuously developed its profile in research and teaching, and is today one of the leading Olympic Studies Centres on the national and the international level. Professor Dr. Stephan Wassong is the Director of the OSC Cologne Studies and a member of the IOC’s Olympic Education Commission. The other staff members include, Dr. Ansgar Molzberger, Dr. Jörg Krieger and Caroline Meier.

The profile of the OSC Cologne meets the expectations of a modern university landscape and its current activities in research, teaching, consulting and archival work are examples of how the key objectives of the OSC Cologne can be met. The activities are the following:

  • Transfer of academic knowledge on the Olympic Movement into the Olympic world through the international part-time programme M.A. Olympic Studies;
  • Development and expansion of research studies, information and documentation within the research centre;
  • Creating synergies in teaching, researching and consulting activities amongst national and international OSCs;
  • Strengthening links between the OSC Cologne and institutions linked to the Olympic Movement on the national and international level.

On the teaching level, staff members of the OSC Cologne contribute intensively to the regular Bachelor, Physical Education and Master programs at the GSU. The OSC Cologne has also played a leading role in the installation of the new full-time degree program M.A. International Sport Development and Policy, which runs at the GSU from the winter term 2016/17.

Various research projects are conducted at the OSC Cologne. In 2014, the OSC Cologne has signed an international cooperation agreement with the University of Johannesburg that aims for the establishment of the first Olympic Studies Centre within the African continent. The OSC Cologne acts as consulting institution within this process. As part of the agreement, the two institutions jointly organized an international Conference at the University of Johannesburg and published the edited collection Historical and Contemporary Issues in Olympic Studies. From 2016 onwards, the cooperation aims to publish an academic journal on Olympic Studies in order create a forum for academic exchange on Olympic Studies.

Furthermore, academic research deals with such aspects of the Olympic Movement as the establishment of the Sport For All Movement on the national and international level, the emergence of sport and physical education within the program of the UNESCO and the evolution of scientific knowledge within international anti-doping strategy plans. The research results are continuously presented to the academic community in publications and conferences on multi-layered aspects of the Olympic Movement. In 2013, the OSC Cologne co-edited the book Olympics. Past and Present in collaboration with the Olympic Museum in Doha. In 2014, the academic program of the symposium “Pierre de Coubertin and the Future”, held at The Olympic Museum in Lausanne, was developed at the OSC Cologne in collaboration with the Comité International Pierre de Coubertin (CIPC). In January 2016, the identically named Congress publication was printed. Furthermore, in 2016, a special issue on “Olympic Perspectives” was published in the International Journal of the History of Sport together with the GSU´s partner universities from the University of Western Ontario (London, Canada) and Victoria University (Melbourne, Australia).

For further information on the OSC Cologne please visit its website: www.dshs-koeln.de/osc.

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M.A. Olympic Studies

Campus Part time 2 years March 2018 Germany Cologne

The international part-time program Master of Arts (M.A.) Olympic Studies, which is officially supported by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), is a fully validated Master degree programme that implements a high-level, interdisciplinary curriculum in Olympic Studies. The programme aims at fostering the links between the academic and the Olympic world. [+]

The international part-time program Master of Arts (M.A.) Olympic Studies, is a fully validated Master degree programme that implements a high-level, interdisciplinary curriculum in Olympic Studies. The programme aims at fostering the links between the academic and the Olympic world. The Olympic Studies Centre of the German Sport University Cologne (OSC Cologne) is the main operational institution of the program and is responsible for all of the course’s organizational and overall academic elements. Professor Dr. Stephan Wassong, Director of the OSC Cologne, is the Programme Leader of the M.A. Olympic Studies and a member of the IOC’s Olympic Education Commission. In the delivery of the teaching modules, the OSC Cologne cooperates with several Olympic Studies Centres worldwide, such as the Technische Universität Kaiserslautern (Germany), Loughborough University (United Kingdom) and the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain). Moreover, other highly qualified professors from international academic institutions with long and proven experience in the field of Olympic Studies such as the International Olympic Academy (IOA) (Greece) and the New Zealand Centre for Olympic Studies at the University of Canterbury (New Zealand) teach on the programme. Usually, the seminar weeks take place at the German Sport University Cologne but it is aimed to include other teaching locations as well. The MA Olympic Studies has the official support of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The central intentions of the programme are: To enable knowledge transfer between the academic and the Olympic world in each participant´s working environment; To enhance the individual participant’s Olympic knowledge in social sciences and humanities; To promote the individual participant’s critical appreciation of the ethical and educational dimensions of the Olympic values in the fields of education, economy, governance and politics in sport; To foster critical dialogue on processes of continuity and transformation in the Olympic Movement and on the relationship between Olympism and Olympic practices in wider social and professional contexts; To develop the individual participant’s capacity to conduct research projects of practical relevance to the Olympic Movement. Objectives It is the target to reach the objectives of the programme through teaching interdisciplinary contents about diverse aspects of the Olympic Movement. The topics include, but are not restricted to Olympic history, commercialization, professionalization, politicization, internationalization and administration. It is the nature of the M.A. Olympic Studies that all these topics are substantially linked with sport ethical and educational considerations. This is important for a modern application and legitimization of the Olympic Movement and meets important aspects of the Olympic Agenda 2020. The learning outcomes are to expand the participant’s critical knowledge base as it relates to the modern Olympic Movement. A more detailed, interdisciplinary understanding of the Olympic world, including its issues and challenges, would also foster the identification of the participant with the Olympic Movement but it is also a benefit for the employing organisation/company and its profile to support the development of the Olympic Movement. Entry Requirements The participants are required to hold a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent. Participants must have at least two years of work experience in an environment relevant to the interests of the Olympic family, including the administration of the IOC, National Olympic Committees, Organising Committees of the Olympic Games, Olympic museums, TOP-sponsors, International Federations, universities, sport academies as well as media and broadcasting companies. The part-time nature of the programme with five on-site modules spread over a period of two years enables participants to stay in their professional jobs during the time of their participation in the M.A. Olympic Studies. It is also necessary to prove sufficient English language skills. A formal application process will be required to join the programme. Applicants have to fill in and submit an application form, which can be requested on demand. The screening of application files as well as the selection process will be the responsibility of the OSC Cologne and the Programme Management of the M.A. Olympic Studies. Fees The fee for the two year study programme is 5.000€, excluding flights and costs for accommodation. Payments can be made for the full sum or can be split into parts of 2.500€ for each study year. Candidates can apply for scholarships to cover the study fees through the Olympic Solidarity Commission of the IOC. Applications for Olympic Solidarity support have to be made via the candidates´ respective National Olympic Committee. The National Olympic Committees have to put forward the application to Olympic Solidarity. Since its first intake in 2010, the academic reputation of the programme has developed increasingly on the international level. Evidence for this is the map with the geographical distribution of the participants of the first five intakes. [-]


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