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Social Issues In Physical Education And Sports (PED-375)

Semester: Spring 2024
Number: 0852-375-002
Instructor: Lois Kahl
Days: Tuesday Thursday 3:05 pm - 4:20 pm
Note: Traditional In-Person Class
Location: Garden City - Science Building 322
Credits: 3
Course Materials: View Text Books

Sport and physical activity as forms of human expression that reflect the current value structure. Topics include: value of American sport, sport and nationalism, sport and physical education as socializing agents, alternative sport models, violence in sport. (Learning Goals:CW;Distribution Reqs:Social Sciences)

Learning Goals:   In this course, we adopt a critical approach to analyzing how the social values and cultural identities of our society influence and are influenced by involvement in sport and physical activity. Specifically, we discuss how the values of sport are shaped by historical and contemporary social forces that legitimize particular ways of defining race, class, and gender. By challenging positivist approaches to sport in society, students learn how physical education and sport can be used as a medium for teaching positive values about the self, competition, education, and gender and racial equality. Reflective thinking and writing is a significant part of this course, as students examine how the social values and cultural identities of our society within sport and physical activity influence and interact with their own personal beliefs, attitudes, values, and experiences.SCHOOL OF EDUCATION CORE VALUES AND INTENDED OUTCOMES.ScholarshipThrough homework and in-class assignments, students develop a critical knowledge of sport and physical activity in relation to culture and identity (NCATE/NASPE 1.1).Through in-class interaction and debate, students refine their abilities to express social issues about sport and physical activity orally and in writing (NCATE/NASPE 1.1).Reflective PracticeThrough homework and in-class assignments, students develop and demonstrate self-awareness of and empathy for responsible personal behavior in sport participation, coaching, and physical activity (NCATE/NASPE 1.1, 1.3, 2.2).Inclusive CommunityThrough assignments and discussions on race, gender, physical ability, and age stereotyping, students advance their perceptions about the importance of inclusion in sport and physical activity (NCATE/NASPE 1.1, 1.3, 2.2).WellnessThrough in-class assignments on steroids, violence, and cosmetic fitness, students understand the social pressures against wellness present in commercialized sport and physical activity, and how to counter these pressures.Creativity & the ArtsThrough in-class opportunities to debate issues and interpret scenarios, students have the opportunity to creatively examine sport and physical activity issues from different perspectives

*The learning goals displayed here are those for one section of this course as offered in a recent semester, and are provided for the purpose of information only. The exact learning goals for each course section in a specific semester will be stated on the syllabus distributed at the start of the semester, and may differ in wording and emphasis from those shown here.

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