Sports and Culture

Nigel Davies
Day/Time Taught: 
131: TR 2:00-3:15 pm ; 132: TR 5:00-6:15 pm
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This course will explore the impact of sport on culture, both in the USA and internationally. Students will analyze and evaluate the impact of specific sports in specific countries (e.g. China, USA, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain, UK, and Brazil). The role of participants, fans, coaching approaches, family needs and expectations, tradition/history, media and finances will be emphasized. Topics will include: the origins of sport in general; historical reviews of selected sports; the role of the coaching (including the current issues impacting coaching); participant roles; official (referee/umpire/judge) roles; public/fan perceptions and expectations; the impact of media and technology on sports; amateurism versus professionalism; performance enhancing supplements; youth sports; and sport and social activities. The course will be adapted to the needs/interests of the students in the course. Individual and group assignments, debates, interviews and data collection, evidence-based decision-making, basic research projects and presentations will be central course activities. Ultimately, the students will leave with a greater understanding of the role of sport in the USA and around the world.

Contact FYS

The First Year Seminar is part of the General Education Program located in Anne Belk Hall, Room 250.

Phone: 828-262-2028

Our mailing address:
First Year Seminar
ASU Box 32065
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608

Director of First Year Seminar:
Dr. Martha McCaughey

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