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PHED 2220

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Credit Hours   3   
Course Title   Sociology Of Sport   
Prerequisite(s)   None Specified   
Corequisite(s)   None Specified   
Catalog Description   
This course introduces students to the field of sport sociology. It examines the key concepts, methods, and theoretical approaches that define this sub-discipline. The course examines institutionalized sport from a sociological perspective and identifies the processes by which people are socialized into sport and sport roles, and the social processes by which sport functions as a vehicle for socialization. It analyzes in depth some of the controversies surrounding sport.

Expected Educational Results   
PHED 2200 provides the individual student with an overview of sociological concepts. The student will use these concepts to:

1. Learn different approaches to the study of sport;

2. Learn to conduct and interpret research about sport;

3. Understand how sport interacts with other social forces, both locally and globally;

4. Acquire the ability to evaluate public policies and ethical issues about sport;

5. Learn to use library and computer resources to enhance the student’s knowledge of sport; and

6. Develop written, oral, and communication skills.
General Education Outcomes   
I. Students develop speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills in the following ways:

i. Develop speaking skills through peer group activities, class discussions, and oral presentations;

ii. Develop listening skills through note taking in class, responding to oral and technical presentations, and from peer group activities in class;

iii. Develop reading skills through comprehension of textbook materials and the evaluation of secondary sources; and

iv. Develop writing skills by planning and revising short reports and essays.

II. Students demonstrate effective critical thinking and problem-solving skills in the following ways:

i. Analysis of case studies regarding sport and societal values;

ii. Learn sociological concepts of sport; and

iii. Analyze the relationship between sport, gender, class and ethnicity.
Course Content   
Upon completion of this course students will achieve a critical understanding of the following questions:

 Why are certain physical activities identified and designated as sports?

 How do sports and sport participation affect our lives?

 How do sports impact our ideas about masculinity, femininity, class inequality, race and ethnicity, work, fun, achievement, competition, individualism, aggression and violence?

 How are the organization and meaning of sports connected with social relations in groups, communities, & societies?

 How are sports connected with important spheres of social life in societies, e.g., family, education, politics, economics, media, & religion?
Assessment of Outcome Objectives   
Tests and a final exam prepared by individual instructors will be used to determine part of the course grade. Instructors may also require special projects appropriate to the subject matter.

The departmental assessment will be conducted every three years in the following manner:

1. All students in all sections will be required to complete a common written final exam containing questions related to the expected educational results.

2. Additionally, all students will be required to complete one short-answer essay question.

3. An item analysis will be completed on the test items administered and a representative sample of the short-answer essay questions will be reviewed by a committee of at least three full-time faculty members who teach the course.

A departmental committee will review the item analysis to determine:

1. If the test questions were appropriate for assessing the desired educational outcomes.

2. If the level of student success was achieved.

3. If a revision of course instruction to improve student’s achievement is needed.

4. A specific time line for implementation of recommended changes.
Last Revised: May 13, 2011
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