SPMT203 History and Philosophy of Sport Management

Department of Health, Physical Education & Nursing: Sport Management

I. Course Number and Title
SPMT203 History and Philosophy of Sport Management
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
2250 minutes
IV. Prerequisites
None
Corequisites
None
V. Other Pertinent Information
None
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course is a survey of the philosophy and historical development of sport. The course will examine the major philosophical and historical schools of thought in sport and trace the development of competitive sport from ancient civilizations to the present.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Learning Goals:

    1. Grasp the historical basis of sport from ancient civilization to modern professional. Olympic, and amateur sport.
    2. Distinguish between the different philosophical schools of thought.
    3. Comprehend the terminology associated with the schools of thought.
    4. Understand the recurring themes in sport and how these themes have shaped sport.
    5. Appreciate the relationship of sport to social, political. and religious institutions.
    6. Analyze the significant role sport played in historical eras from ancient civilizations to modern times.
    7. Develop his/her own philosophical views and educated perspective on historical events.
    8. Understand the motives and accomplishments of individuals and groups within sport.
    9. Understand the significance of the Black Sox Scandal on sport.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:

    1. History and Philosophy in Sport
      1. Modern Theory
      2. Urbanization and Industrialization/Metaphysics
    2. Introduction to Early Sport: Sumer, Egypt. China
    3. Greece
      1. Influence of the Jews and Phoenicians upon Greek Culture
      2. View of the Body by Socrates and Plato
      3. Education through the Physical vs. Education of the Physical
      4. Historical Foundations of Sport and Physical Education
      5. Greek Sport and its Development
      6. Athens and Sparta
      7. The Ancient Olympic Games
    4. Rome
      1. Cross-Cultural Analysis of the Greeks and Romans
      2. Sport and Physical Education
      3. Military Training
      4. Women and Sport
      5. Sport and Christianity
    5. Philosophy, Sport and Physical Education During the Middle Ages
      1. Impact of Christianity on Sport
      2. Philosophical Positioning of the Body in the Middle Ages
      3. The Body and Physical Fitness According to Thomas Aquinas
      4. Linking the Spiritual with Secular Sport
      5. Rugged Ball Games, Secular Sport Holidays. Ball Games
      6. Knights. Nobles. and Worthy Pursuits
      7. Sport of the Aristocracy
      8. Medieval Concepts of Health and Hygiene
    6. Renaissance and Reformation
      1. History of the Reformation as Related to Sport
        1. The Philosophers and Educators of the Renaissance
        2. Petrus Paulus Vergerius
        3. Viilorino da Feltre
        4. Aeneas Silvio Piccolomini
        5. Balsassare Castiglione
        6. William of Ockham
        7. Desiderius Erasmus
        8. Martin Luthor
        9. John Calvin
        10. Thomas Elyot
        11. Roger Ascham
    7. Age of Science and Enlightenment
      1. The Age of Science
      2. The Enlightenment
      3. Philosophers of Science and Education
        1. Galileo Galiiei
        2. Francis Bacon
        3. Isaac Newton
        4. Thomas Hobbes
        5. Rene Descartes
        6. George Berkeley
        7. Francois Rabelais
        8. Richard Mulcaster
        9. Michel de Montaigne
        10. John Comenius
        11. John Milton
        12. John Locke
    8. Medicine and the Concept of Health
      1. Professional Development of Physical Education
      2. Introduction to the Nineteenth Century Concept of Health
      3. Social and Institutional Change in the Nineteenth Century
      4. Theoretical Foundation of American Physical Education
      5. Exercise Builds Brain Power: The Change in Thinking about Exercise
      6. Women: Higher Education, and Physical Education
      7. German Gymnastics: The Swedish System and Dio Lewis
      8. Professional Preparation of Teachers
    9. Reform of Physical Education. 1900 - 1939
      1. Adoption of Sport Programs
      2. Development of Play Theory. 1900 - 191 5
        1. Herbert Spencer
        2. Karl Groos
        3. G. Stanley Hal
        4. Luther Halsey Gulick
        5. John Dewey
      3. Play and Popular Culture
      4. Play vs. Gymnastics
      5. Play in Physical Education
      6. Architects of the New Physical Education
        1. Clark Hetherinton, Thomas Wood, Rosalind Cassidy
      7. Physical Education Literature in the Early Twentieth Century
      8. Education Tests and Measurements/Physical Fitness Assessment
      9. Relationship between Physical Ability and Mental Ability
    10. Sport in Colonial America
    11. Sport and Play in Nineteenth Century America
      1. Early Technological Innovations and their Impact on Sport
      2. Influence of Charles Darwin
      3. Transcendentalism and Pragmatism
        1. Ralph Waldo Emerson
        2. Henry David Thoreau
        3. Charles Sanders Pierce
        4. William James
      4. Religion as an Argument for Sport
      5. Horse and Harness Racing
      6. Ball Games: Cricket, Baseball, Football
      7. Amateur Sports
    12. Sport in the Twentieth Century
      1. College Football/Professional Football
      2. Basketball
      3. Volleyball
      4. Women and Sport
    13. Social and Political History of the Modern Olympic Games 1899-1936
      1. Baron Pierre de Fredv de Coubertin
      2. Athens 1896
      3. Paris 1900
      4. St. Louis 1904
      5. London 1908
      6. Stockholm 1912
      7. Antwerp 1920
      8. Paris 1924
      9. Chamonix 1924
      10. Amsterdam 1928
      11. St. Moritz 1932
      12. Los Angeles 1932
      13. Lake Placid 1933
      14. Berlin 1936
      15. Garmisch - Partenkirchen
      16. Amateurism
    14. Selected Reading from the Modern Olympic Games 1948-1968
      1. London 1948 - Political Atmosphere
      2. St. Moritz 1948
      3. Helsinki 1952 - Cold War Sports/Propaganda
      4. Oslo 1952
      5. Melbourne 1956
      6. Aussie Olympics
      7. Olympic Boycott
      8. Cortina 1956
      9. Rome 1960 - East vs. West
      10. Squaw Valley 1960
      11. Tokyo 1964
        1. Perfect Olympics
        2. Olympic Politics
        3. Defections
        4. Notables
      12. Innsbruck 1964
      13. Mexico City 1968
        1. Student Demonstrations
        2. Olympic Politics
      14. Grenoble 1968
    15. Modern Olympic Games 1948-1968
      1. Munich 1972
        1. Worldview
        2. Politics
        3. Munich Massacre
      2. Sapporo 1972
      3. Montreal 1976
        1. Taiwan Issue
        2. Boycott
        3. Security Concerns
        4. Political Defections/Propaganda
      4. Innsbruck 1976
      5. Moscow 1980
        1. U. S. Boycott: What caused it?
        2. Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan
        3. Athletes as Political Pawns
        4. Presidential Pressure
      6. Lake Placid 1980
      7. Los Angeles 1984
        1. Political Atmosphere
        2. Soviet Boycott
        3. Security Concerns
      8. Sarajevo 198-1
      9. Seoul 1988
        1. Security Concerns/Politics
        2. Nationalism
        3. South Korea
        4. Performance Enhancing Drugs Illicit Drugs
      10. Barcelona 1992
      11. Calgary 1988
        1. Economics
        2. Atmosphere
      12. Lillehammer 1994
      13. Atlanta 1996
    16. Human Movement as Personal Experience
      1. Phenomenology and Existentialism
  3. Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:

  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:

    Department selected textbook or handouts provided. Details provided in the course format, which is created by the instructor and distributed to each student on enrollment and class attendance.
VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
  1. Lecture and Seminar Discussions
  2. Instructional Videos

Review/Approval Date - 12/99