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SPHE326 - Ethics in Sports

Course Details

Course Code: SPHE326 Course ID: 4023 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

Students will examine morality and ethical issues pertaining to sport. During this course, students will become involved with discussions on sportsmanship, fan behavior, performance-enhancing drugs, gender equity in sport, deviant behavior in athletics, and issues related to youth sports participation. Students will be required to examine their current rules, morals, and philosophies to their career aspirations and reflect on them in an ethical as well situational manner. Students will be immersed in ethical situations through the use of videos and relevant current event articles.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
02/24/20 - 07/31/20 08/03/20 - 09/27/20 Summer 2020 Session I 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, students will fulfill the following Learning Objectives (L.O.):

  1. Define ethics, morals, and morality with respect to different professions in sport.
  2. Define and identify the purpose and explain the concept of personal and professional ethics.
  3. Identify major ethical theories and examine the importance of creating and adhering to a code of ethics.
  4. Examine ethical decision-making in sport.
  5. Explore issues of diversity and procedures for hiring in sport settings.
  6. Discuss specific laws, like ADA, and their relationship to ethical theory.
  7. Examine the issues of doping and genetic enhancement in sport.
NameGrade %
Forums 30.00 %
Week One 5.00 %
Week Two 5.00 %
Week Three 5.00 %
Week Five 5.00 %
Week Seven 5.00 %
Week Eight 5.00 %
Assignments 45.00 %
Week 2 Assignment:! 15.00 %
Week 3 Assignment: Final Project Introduction 15.00 %
Week 5 Assignment: Q and A 15.00 %
Final Project 25.00 %
Week 8 Assignment: Code of Ethics 25.00 %

Required Readings:

See Course Outline

Additional Resources:

There may be other materials, including websites outside the classroom, assigned by the Instructor during the course.


In addition to the required course texts the following public domain websites are useful. Please abide by the APUS academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well. Note website addresses are subject to change.

Site Name

Website URL/Address

The OWL at Purdue

APA Style Homepage

National Association for Sport and Physical Education

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.