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SPHE379 - Contemporary and Social Issues in Sport

Course Details

Course Code: SPHE379 Course ID: 3312 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

Students in this course will use analytical techniques to examine the scope and effect of sport on society. They will explore sociological concepts on how sports and sport participation impact the lives of individuals and groups in a society. Students will explore several significant contemporary issues. These contemporary sport sociology issues will include drug abuse, race, ethnicity, gender inequity, ethics, gambling, and violence. To increase their sociological understanding of sport, students will identify and discuss sociological perspectives about the components of sport and physical activity.

Course Schedule

No Course Offerings.

Current Syllabi

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

  1. Analyze theories and patterns of sport in society
  2. Distinguish how the media affects sport and the sport affects media
  3. Analyze trends of interscholastic and intercollegiate sports
  4. Identify social problems and social issues associated with sports in society
  5. Analyze power through the ways of race, class, gender and sexuality function in our society in the arena of sport
  6. Examine observable sports experiences in order to make informed decisions regarding individual and community sports participation
NameGrade %
Forums 30.00 %
Week 1 Forum 3.75 %
Week 2 Forum 3.75 %
Week 3 Forum 3.75 %
Week 4 Forum 3.75 %
Week 5 Forum 3.75 %
Week 6 Forum 3.75 %
Week 7 Forum 3.75 %
Week 8 Forum 3.75 %
Assignments 30.00 %
Week 2 Assignment: Online Library Assignment 10.00 %
Week 4 Assignment: Proposal and Outline 10.00 %
Week 8 Assignment: Sports Business Research Network 10.00 %
Quizzes 15.00 %
Week 1 Quiz 3.75 %
Week 3 Quiz 3.75 %
Week 5 Quiz 3.75 %
Week 7 Quiz 3.75 %
Research Paper 25.00 %
Week 6 Assignment: Research Paper 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

North American Society for Sport Management

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.