New Mooc | “Doping: sports, organizations and sciences”, available in both English and French

Fanbien Ohl
Fanbien Ohl

I am pleased to invite you to discover a new Mooc on Doping: sports, organizations and sciences.

The objective of this course is to encourage a critical understanding of doping. To achieve this goal, this course will rely on a multidisciplinary approach that allow you to see how different disciplines get into a single object, in different perspectives and in often complementary ways. This approach will also allow us to appreciate the complexity of a subject like doping. Doping in sports is a complex practice whose definition and identification is the result of socially and historically constructed norms. This course offers to shed light on the processes that led to the use and prohibition of doping substances. Performance enhancement or physical transformation are two aspects of doping which are seen as problematic, yet even as we speak companies are making fortunes selling body improvement and other forms of “human enhancement” to us. These apparent contradictions will be analysed to show that beyond sanitary questions, doping raises many social, scientific and legal issues. In efforts to control doping, governments and sports authorities have put into place institutions responsible for defining what falls into the category of doping, but also what prevention, repressions and research methods to put into effect. This course will also explore biological control measures such as the biological passport, key legal dimensions, organisations that produce performance, as well as the sociological dimensions of doping.

The course is available for free in English on Coursera at

Watch the English presentation of the course:


Pre-enrolments are open and the English version of the course will be available March 1, 2016.

We look forward to seeing you in class!

Fabien Ohl, Professor at the University of Lausanne
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