A three-panel collage picturing a fresco of ancient Roman women playing with a ball, a mosaic of an ancient Greek athlete holding a crown and a palm frond, both symbols of victory, and a bronze statue of a seated boxer of the ancient world.

History and Philosophy of Sport and Physical Activity [3 units]

Course Format:

Three hours of lecture per week.

Course Description:

History and philosophy of sport and physical activity from antiquity to today. Special consideration is given to Olympism and the Olympic Games.

Course Syllabus:

Phys Ed 130 Syllabus

Course Objectives:

  • Identify and describe the history of sport and physical activity from antiquity to today.
  • Identify and relate the philosophical, physiological, psychological, sociological, political, and economic concepts for sport and physical activity.
  • Evaluate potential career paths in sport and physical activity.
  • Categorize and compare the issues, challenges, and future of sport and physical activity.
  • Identify and describe the professional organizations publications, and professional leaders in sport and physical activity.
  • Read, summarize, analyze, and appraise an article from a peer-reviewed journal and demonstrate how to cite properly the article's bibliographical information using the styles from the American Medical Association (AMA) and the American Psychological Association (APA).
  • Demonstrate how to research and to prepare a written, term paper on a topic in sport and physical activity.

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