Social Issues in Sport Management – SMGT 501

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 02/01/2024

Course Description

This course will examine the social institution of sport and its consequences for the North American society; the social organization from play to professional sport; violence and discrimination; women and ethnic minorities in sport; and the socialization implications from participation in sports.

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


This course has as its primary aims an increase in the awareness of, knowledge of, and skills in addressing social issues in sport; additionally, the course will provide an introduction to the legal aspects of sport, as they pertain to the social standards in sport.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings, video lecture presentations, websites, and a movie.

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (4)

The student will complete 4 Discussions in this course. Current and archived issues of sports publications from the Jerry Falwell Library website will be used as the basis for research and discussion. The student will complete a thread of at least 400 words, using at least 1 scholarly resource cited in current APA format from his/her research and 1 Scripture reference, and complete 2 replies of at least 200 words, using his/her personal experience and optional outside resources.

Analysis Paper Assignments (8)

There are 8 Analysis Paper Assignments (short, hands-on, real-world, sports-sociology-related papers) that the student will complete. Each assignment must be at least 2 full pages (1-inch margins, double-spaced, using 12-point Times New Roman font), include an original title, the student’s name, and a reference page with at least 2 scholarly resources and 1 biblical passage, and use current APA format.

Quizzes (8)

There will be 8 open-book/open-notes quizzes that will be completed. Each quiz will contain 20 multiple-choice questions and have a 1-hour time limit.