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SPMT501 - History, Culture, and Sport Policy

Course Details

Course Code: SPMT501 Course ID: 5025 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course focuses on the study of historical, cultural, and sport policy variables within Athletic Development Management. Students will evaluate the relationships between athletes and stakeholders though the theoretical concepts of sociology, physiology & kinesiology, psychology, sport management, business, and coaching. They will analyze the role of specific sports’ policies and play from the perception of an athlete, coach, and stakeholder. Nuances of specific sports are examined through historical sporting events, athletic achievements, and National & International governance of amateur and professional sport.

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
04/27/20 - 10/02/20 10/05/20 - 11/29/20 Fall 2020 Session B 8 Week session
06/29/20 - 12/04/20 12/07/20 - 01/31/21 Fall 2020 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

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

  1. Examine successful coaching and athletic development strategies within historical sporting events and athletic achievements.
  2. Analyze nuances of sport participation and athletic preparation within cultural, sociological, and business environments.
  3. Evaluate cultural issues surrounding amateur and professional sport.
  4. Prepare and present a plan for ensuring development and compliance in a sport program.
  5. Assess governance issues facing sport in society.
  6. Compose sport specific training techniques and coaching methods within the National Standards of Sport Coaches’ coaching domains.
  7. Propose principles and guidelines that assist athletes, coaches, and stakeholders in positively influencing the psychological factors (development, health, and well-being) associated with athletic performance.
NameGrade %
Discussion Forums 50.00 %
Week 1 Forum 6.25 %
Week 2 Forum 6.25 %
Week 3 Forum 6.25 %
Week 4 Forum 6.25 %
Week 5 Forum 6.25 %
Week 6 Forum 6.25 %
Week 7 Forum 6.25 %
Week 8 Forum 6.25 %
Annotated Bibliography Assignments 35.00 %
Week 1 Assignment: Sport History 4.38 %
Week 2 Asignment: Sport Culture - Sociology 4.38 %
Week 3 Assignment: Sport Culture - Physiology and Kinesology 4.38 %
Week 4 Assignment: Sport Culture - Psychology 4.38 %
Week 5 Assignment: Sport Policy - Stakeholders and Organizational Structure 4.38 %
Week 6 Assignment: Sport Policy - SPLISS 4.38 %
Week 7 Assignment: Sport Management/Sport Entrepreneurship 4.38 %
Week 8 Assignment: Athlete Development Management 4.38 %
Signature Assignment 15.00 %
Week 8 Signature Assignment: Reflection 15.00 %

Required Course Textbooks: There is not an assigned text for this class.

Required Readings: Weekly lessons and supplemental readings as noted.

Additional Resources: See your syllabus, class lessons, and forums for additional resources.


In addition to the required course texts the following public domain Websites are useful. Please abide by the university’s academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well. Note web site addresses are subject to change.

Site Name

Website URL/Address

The OWL at Purdue

APA Style Homepage

United States Olympic Committee

National Collegiate Athletic Association

National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics

National Junior College Athletic Association

National Federation of State High School Associations

International Olympic Committee

Society of health and physical educators

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.