Classroom Focus

Dr. Laura Burton teaching

Instructor: Dr. Laura Burton

The purpose of this course is twofold; to both introduce students to the various areas of the sport industry while also examining all the key concepts to successfully manage sport organizations. During the first part of the course, students will explore goal setting, decision making and strategic planning. We then shift to how organizations should be designed to best support those strategic plans and assist employees seeking to carry out those plans.  Students will also learn about organizational culture, change and diversity management within the context of sport organizations.  To enhance learning, we use the case teaching method during several courses throughout the semester, which encourages active participation from the students.

Instructor: Dr. Joseph Cooper

The purpose of this course is to expose learners to a wide range of theories, research, and topics within the internationally recognized sport sociology literature. Throughout the course, learners will acquire a deeper understanding and knowledge of sport sociology theories, concepts, and approaches as well as expand their professional skill set as they move forward in their career pursuits in the field of sport management. The class will focus on various topics associated with sport sociology including the foundations of sport and physical activity, sociological theory and research, ethics, sport for social change and development, sport and community, the environment and sport, youth sports, race and sport, gender and sport, social class and sport, religion and sport, sexual identity and sport, ability and sport, and corporate social responsibility and sport. A philosophy of learning through participation is carried throughout this course.  

Dr. Joseph Cooper teaching class