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General Course Information for PSY300: Social Psychology of Sport

Course: PSY300 - Social Psychology of Sport
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Course Prerequisite(s):
Course Description: The relationship between psychology, social relationships, and sport. The concepts of group dynamics, motivation, social support, coaching relationships, and the wider social context's relationship to the individual and the sport will be explored. The course will utilize both theoretical and research findings to suggest practical applications in sports performance.
Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Discuss the development of sports in a social psychological context.
  • Analyze the current development of sports and their interaction with social relationships, influences, and perceptions.
  • Articulate the importance of group dynamics and the relationships between coaches and students as well as peer relationships in team and individual sports
  • Discuss the role of culture and the importance of diversity in understanding macro-and micro-level trends in sports.
  • Apply a culturally sensitive approach in analyzing motivation, anxiety, performance, and achievement.
Specified Program Learning Outcomes:
  • MAJOR IN SPORT PSYCHOLOGY
    • Analyze how psychological factors influence performance in sport, and techniques to increase performance and reduce anxiety.
    • Communicate orally and in writing using proper sport and psychology terminology.
    • Discuss current trends in psychological research in both individual and team contexts within sport psychology.
    • Discuss the influences of diversity and multiculturalism on group interactions and performance.
    • Discuss the legal and ethical issues in sport psychology and performance enhancement.
    • Examine the history of sport psychology and its role in contemporary psychological theories and systems.

Students with Disabilities:
Students seeking special accommodations due to a disability must submit an application with supporting documentation, as explained under this subject heading in the General Catalog. Instructors are required to provide such accommodations if they receive written notification from the University.

Writing Across the Curriculum:
Students are expected to demonstrate writing skills in describing, analyzing and evaluating ideas and experiences. Written reports and research papers must follow specific standards regarding citations of an author's work within the text and references at the end of the paper. Students are encouraged to use the services of the University's Writing Center when preparing materials.

The following website provides information on APA, MLA, and other writing and citation styles that may be required for term papers and the like: http://nu.libguides.com/citations

National University Library:
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URL: http://www.nu.edu/library.

Contact the Library:

  • RefDesk@nu.edu
  • (858) 541-7900 (direct line)
  • 1-866-NU ACCESS x7900 (toll free)

Use the Library Training Tools (on the Library Homepage) for additional help

  • Recorded class presentations
  • Tutorials & Guides (APA/MLA, Peer-Review, and more)

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else's ideas or work as one's own. Students must give credit for any information that is not either the result of original research or common knowledge. If a student borrows ideas or information from another author, he/she must acknowledge the author in the body of the text and on the reference page. Students found plagiarizing are subject to the penalties outlined in the Policies and Procedures section of the University Catalog, which may include a failing grade for the work in question or for the entire course. The following is one of many websites that provide helpful information concerning plagiarism for both students and faculty: http://www.indiana.edu/~wts/pamphlets/plagiarism.shtml

Ethics:
Ethical behavior in the classroom is required of every student. The course will identify ethical policies and practices relevant to course topics.

Technology:
Students are expected to be competent in using current technology appropriate for this discipline. Such technology may include word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Use of the internet and e-mail may also be required.

Diversity:
Learning to work with and value diversity is essential in every class. Students are expected to exhibit an appreciation for multinational and gender diversity in the classroom.

Civility:
As a diverse community of learners, students must strive to work together in a setting of civility, tolerance, and respect for each other and for the instructor. Rules of classroom behavior (which apply to online as well as onsite courses) include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conflicting opinions among members of a class are to be respected and responded to in a professional manner.
  • Side conversations or other distracting behaviors are not to be engaged in during lectures, class discussions or presentations
  • There are to be no offensive comments, language, or gestures