Issues and Trends in Sport – SMGT 406

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 09/05/2023

Course Description

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

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


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.

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 the Course Overview.

Discussions (2)

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

Each Discussion Thread 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 discussion, the student’s interaction must include 1 thread and 2 replies. Each thread must be 300–400 words and incorporate 1 Scripture reference and at least 1 peer-reviewed resource (e.g., the textbook or a scholarly journal). Each reply must be at least 150 words and incorporate at least 1 citation. Discussion posts must be made in accordance with current APA format.

Journal Assignments (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 Assignment

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 12–20 slides.

Quizzes (8)

Each quiz will cover the reading for the assigned Module: Week. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes and contain 20 questions. The format will consist of multiple-choice & true/false questions. There is a 1-hour time limit per quiz.