Issues and Trends in Sport – SMGT 406

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

A basic understanding of the developments, trends and social processes that explain the widely popular sporting experiences of society today.


SMGT 302 and SMGT 305 and SMGT 310


Issues of society are reflected in sport, no matter how insulated or isolated sport may appear to be. The contemporary issues of society, an understanding of their reflection in, their relationship to, and their influence upon sport, whether it be amateur or professional, will be examined.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify the social and cultural trends and attitudes which resulted in the exclusion of demographic groups from sport. (Knowledge)
  2. Develop an appreciation of the relationship between society and sport, noticing how they effect the influence of each other. (Skills)
  3. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the sociological theories that apply to sport, history of sport, influence of politics, materialism, and the media, and economics of sport. (Knowledge)
  4. Analyze current sport issues from a spiritual perspective, develop and analyze a personal philosophy regarding social responsibility from a spiritual perspective, and synthesize current sport issues with a Christian worldview. (Values)
  5. Demonstrate understanding of copyright laws and practice responsible use of technology by citing his or her sources in a manner consistent with the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. (Skills)

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (2)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to participate in Discussion Board Forums. Answers to the discussion questions must be well thought out, presented using good grammar and spelling, and to the point.

Each Discussion Board Forum will be divided into 2 parts: a thread in response to the instructor’s prompt and replies to 2 classmates’ threads. Thus, in order to earn full credit for each forum, the student’s interaction must include 1 thread, which must be submitted by the Thursday deadline, and 2 replies, which must be submitted by the Sunday deadline. Each thread must be 300–400 words and incorporate 1 Scripture reference and at least 1 resource (e.g., the textbook or a scholarly journal). Each reply must be at least 150 words and incorporate at least 1 citation. Discussion board posts must be made in accordance with current APA format.

Assignment Journals (5)

The student will answer questions that focus on the assigned chapters for each module/week. Each question response must be 400–500 words, follow current APA format, and include at least 1 peer-reviewed reference (including at least 1 non-textbook reference per Assignment Journal) and at least 1 scripture.

PowerPoint Presentation

The student will develop and post a PowerPoint presentation over an assigned chapter/topic in the textbook. The presentation must be informative regarding the content of the chapter and include 10–20 slides.

Quizzes (8)

Each quiz will cover the reading for the assigned module/week. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 7 multiple-choice, 5 true/false, and 2 short answer questions, and have a 1-hour time limit. The student’s response to each short answer question must show critical thinking skills and personal reflection. Each response must also be well supported by at least 1 reference. For each reference, the student must include at least 1 in-text citation with page numbers and a reference page entry, both in current APA format.