KINS 275-01
FALL 2011



- Annotated Bibliography (5 pts)
- Outline (5 pts)
- First Draft (0 pts - optional)
- Final Draft (20 pts)


DUE DATES: Annotated Bibliography Sep. 22
           Outline Oct. 4

           First Draft (optional) Oct. 20
           Final Copy Nov. 10
           Final Draft for rewrites Friday, Dec. 9 5:00 pm (last day of exam week)

NOTE: Because this is a writing intensive course, students will be allowed, though not required, to present a first rough draft of the paper. This draft will be graded like the final paper and suggestions will be made to improve the paper. The student will then be allowed to submit a final revised copy which will be used in determining the student's grade for the assignment. Please note that students wishing to avail themselves of this option MUST present the first draft on or prior to Oct 20.  Students presenting first drafts on or prior to this date will be allowed to present the final draft by December 9.  Students not submitting a first draft on Oct. 20, MUST submit their final draft on or prior to November 10.


LENGTH: Annotated Bibliography - At least 7 sources
        Outline - no minimum or limit
        Final Draft - At least 7 double spaced typed, 12 font.
        pages with normal margins


TOPIC: Any topic relating to content covered in this class is acceptable. This will normally mean that topics will be drawn from the sub-disciplines of sport history, sport philosophy, sport sociology, or sport psychology. Topics falling in other areas of knowledge, however, may be acceptable. The list of topics attached are only SUGGESTIONS, and students are encouraged to select other topics if they so desire. Regardless of the topic chosen, students are encouraged, though not required, to have the topic approved by the course instructor.



Relating to the Ancient Olympics

- History, events, importance etc. of the ancient Olympics
- Amateurism and the ancient Olympics
- Ancient Greek sport as seen through art and
  literature, primarily The Iliad
- The Spartan view of sport and physical education
- The Athenian view of sport and physical education
- Contrast of Spartan and Athenian views of sport and
  physical education

Relating to the Modern Olympics

- Politics and the Olympics: A chronology of incidents
- DeCoubertin and the concept of Olympism
- Critical biographies of DeCoubertin, Avery Brundage,
 or other leaders of the Olympic movement
- The 1936 Olympics
- The history, importance, and analysis of any notable
  Olympic incident (eg. the 1956 water polo incident,
  black protest in 1968, terrorist attack in 1972, African
  boycott of 1976, boycotts of 1980 and 1984)
- The 1999/2000 Olympic scandals involving the awarding of
  Olympic sites, drug testing, and restructuring of the
- The 2002 figure skating scandal
- The rise of professionalism in the Olympics
- Funding the Olympics
- Using the Olympics/Sport to promote political objectives

- Politics and the Bejing Olympics

Relating to international/multicultural sport and physical education

- History and significance of the World Cup
- History of the Pan American Games and/or other regional
- An examination of physical education programs and/or
  sports in a selected country
- The history of one or more "typical" or "folk" sports in
  a selected country
- Sport in native North American cultures
- Sport in native Pre-Columbian Mexican, Central and South
  American cultures
- Sport and/or Physical Education in a selected historical
  time and place (eg. Europe in the Middle Ages, ancient
  India, etc.)
- Muscular Christianity
- The Turner movement
- Sport in Colonial Virginia
- Roman Gladiatorial contests

-Politics of sport in South Africa

-Politics of sport during the cold war.

Other topics - * Some of the following topics are broad areas from which students are encouraged to select a more specific sub-topic.

- The biography of an important leader/innovator in sport
  and/or physical education.
- * Women in sport
- * Racism in sport
- * Ethics in sport
- * Violence in sport
- * Sport in the arts, film, and literature
- * Substance abuse in sport
-   Athletes as role models
-   "The demise of sportsmanship"
-  The place of sports in higher education (or high school)

- Reform in NCAA

- The nations response to the obesity crisis



Annotated Bibliography

- Must include title or topic
- At least two sources MUST be from a scholarly source.
- CITATION should follow APA format.
- ANNOTATION should be two or three sentences. Do NOT write complete abstracts.
- It is acceptable, and in fact expected, that the bibliography accompanying your final draft be somewhat different than that which is turned in at the time that the annotated bibliography is due. This is a natural development in the research process and students should not be concerned if the bibliographies differ.
- Must be typed.


- Any standard outlining form is acceptable (e.g. Roman Numerals, numbers 1.1, 1.2, 1.2.1 etc.)
- You may use key words or sentence outlines.
- Although, different forms may be used and there is no minimum length, outlines should be DETAILED   enough to provide direction when writing the paper.
- Grading criteria for the outline include consistency of form, logic of organization (i.e. headings), completeness and appropriateness of supporting information (i.e. subheadings), and adequacy as a guide for writing the term paper.
- Outlines should be typed.

Term Paper

- Typed and double spaced, standard margins, 12 font
- Cite at least seven sources, two of which must be from scholarly sources.
- Refer to class notes for definition of "scholarly journals". This would normally refer to refereed journals such as Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, Sociology of Sport Journal, etc. For purposes of this class you may classify JOPERD and Strategies as scholarly journals. Magazines like Sports Illustrated, Newsweek,etc., though perfectly acceptable and often cited, do not qualify as "scholarly journals". Please consult the instructor for clarification concerning the classification of sources.
- Sources taken from the Internet are acceptable.  However, students should be VERY CAREFUL in assuring the accuracy and quality of the material cited.
- Use APA style for citations.
- You must include a list of references (i.e. works cited in the paper) with your paper.
- Papers should be proofread carefully and the use of SPELLCHECK software is ACCEPTABLE and ENCOURAGED.
- Students requiring assistance should contact the instructor EARLY in the writing process. Students are also encouraged to use the services of the LONGWOOD COLLEGE LEARNING CENTER.




DUE DATE: November 1

LENGTH: Minimum two pages (typed and double-spaced)



BOOK: Select a book from the following categories: a) A biography or autobiography of a figure from the world of sport.  Older but always popular books in this category include bios about or by Muhammed Ali, Pete Rose, Seabiscuit, Phil Jackson, Dennis Rodman, Peter Westbrook, Michael Jordan etc.  More recent titles include Babe Didrickson (Wonder Girl), Andre Agassi, Lance Armstrong, Tony Dungy, Michael Oher, Pat Tillman and Secretariat. b) a diary or account of a team, season, or incident  (eg. Who's Your Caddy?, A Civil War , A Good Walk Spoiled, Into the Wild; Into Thin Air; Between a Rock and a Hard Place) c) an essay or collection of essays (eg. About race and sport: Advancing the Ball; Forty Million Dollar Slaves. about baseball: Men at Work; Moneyball; Game of Shadows; Juiced. about hockey: The Code: The unwritten rules of fighting and retaliation in the NHL.  About soccer and hoolinganism:  Among Thugs; Fever Pitch; How Soccer Explains the World.) d) A novel based on sport (eg. Swimming, North Dallas Forty, The Natural).

There may be other appropriate books which do not fall into these categories. In that case, please consult the instructor of the course.

The Longwood Library and the Longwood College Bookstore carry several books that fall into these categories. These books, however, are not on the shelves where textbooks have been placed but instead are located with Trade-books and Best-Sellers. Also, this type of book is readily available at on-line stores like Students unable to locate these titles, or wishing to order a different title, should request assistance from a bookstore employee.


NOTE - The purpose of this assignment is to examine how society in general perceives sport and is influenced by it.  Therefore, I encourage you to select "best-seller" type popular books and not "academic" texts.  Have fun with this assignment!

- The report should be divided into two parts. The first should be a brief summary/description of the book. The second part should be your own critical analysis of the book. In this second part reflect on the issues raised by the book.
- Typed and double-spaced.
- This is a formal writing assignment. Grammar, spelling, etc. will be graded.


MOVIE REVIEW: Select one of the following movies, watch it, and write a minimum of a two page review.  One page should summarize the film, the second page should provide your critique/analysis.  Pay special attention to whether or not you feel the film portrayed the sport or sport history in an accurate fashion.  You MUST  point out ways in which the film differed from actual events.  You will have to do some research to answer this question.


Film Choices: Cinderella Man; Glory Road; Unforgivable Blackness; Four Minutes; Chariots of Fire; When We Were Kings; Ali; Cobb; Eight Men Out; A League of their Own; Remember the Titans; Hoosiers; The Lou Gherig Story; The Greatest Game Ever Played; any of the film versions of the life of Babe Ruth; Raging Bull; Seabiscuit; Miracle; We are Marshall; Heart of the Game; Pride; The Express; Invictus; Damn United; Secretariat;Senna;Fordson:Football,Faith & Fasting.


If you wish to review a film that is not on this list, please check with the instructor.  Remember, it must deal with some aspect of sport history.


ARTICLE REVIEW: Read three articles dealing with sport history or sport sociology issues from popular magazines.  These may include Sports Illustrated, ESPN the Magazine, Time, Newsweek, or other similar magazines.  If you are in doubt about the appropriateness of the article, see the instructor.

Write a one page review of each article.  Half the review should summarize the article, the other half should include your reaction/critique.



In order to introduce the unit on "Defining Physical Education and Sport" students will write several "journal type" reflections on selected topics concerning the meaning and importance of sport and physical activity in their own lives.  On the due date, students must bring their written paper to class and be prepared to discuss what they have written.   Though this is considered to be an "informal" writing assignment, similar to a journal, students should take the assignment seriously and discuss each topic thoroughly. Details of this assignment are provided below:

Points: 6 pts.

Due date:  Sep 6.  This assignment MUST be turned in, in class on the due date to assure that students are prepared to participate in class discussions.


Topics:  Students should write reflections for EACH of the following topics:

1.  My most memorable positive experience in sport and/or physical education.

2.  My most memorable negative experience in sport and/or physical education.

3.  My life as a "fan".


Length: There is no minimum or maximum length for these reflections, but each topic should be discussed separately.


Grading:  Because this assignment is to practice informal, "journal type" writing, grammar, spelling, etc. will not be graded.  Instead, an holistic view of the depth and insight of the reflections will be examined.

Format:  Again, to imitate a journal or diary, students may submit this assignment in handwritten form.  This helps some people reflect more easily than when they are typing.  This is not a requirement.  Your choice.  Make sure each of the 3 reflections is labeled separately. 

Purpose: This assignment has two main purposes. The first is to give you a chance to practice expressing your thoughts in writing. The emphasis is on the practice (i.e. quantity) of writing itself and not so much on quality (i.e. presenting a finished product). As such, students should consider the sole audience of this assignment to be THEMSELVES. Write as you would a diary, reflecting freely and informally on the topics assigned. The second purpose of the assignment is to assist you in the process of becoming a REFLECTIVE PROFESSIONAL; that is a professional who thinks about the what, why, and how of their profession and their own professional development. Again, this means that your journal should be written for YOU (the student) and NOT for me (the instructor).



Points: 4

Due Date: Aug. 25


Students should read the article by Frank Deford on cultural literacy.  This article will be handed out in class.  This assignment has three parts. 1)  List three items from the cultural literacy list which you do NOT know.  2) Select one item from the three you did not know and look it up.  Write the definition/description.  3)  This article was written in 1989.  Many athletes, phrases, events, from the world of sport have entered the cultural mainstream in the last decade.  Suggest items to be included that are not already on Deford's list.  List as many as you can think of, there is no limit.  Have fun with this!  


5.   EXTRA CREDIT - Maximum credit available - 4 pts.


    ARTICLES (optional)

On most days assigned to Sport Sociology and on selected other days, class will begin with a discussion of current events based on articles that students have clipped out and brought to class. If possible, articles should relate to the issue being discussed that day.  Please consult your syllabus for a list of issues and the days on which they will be discussed.  If there is time, students will be allowed to present articles which do not relate to the issue of the day.  Students should understand, however, that "on-issue" articles will be given priority.

This assignment is for extra credit. While all students are encouraged to complete this assignment it is not required. However, those students who do present articles in class must turn them in at the end of the class session in order to receive credit.  Each article presented is worth 2 points.  Students may receive a maximum of 4 points extra credit.



         Sources should be recent.

         Acceptable sources include almost anything as long as it is recent. Examples include popular magazines, newspapers, television programs, lectures, movies, etc.

         In the case of sources which cannot be clipped or copied (e.g. television program, lecture, etc.) students should submit a written report which includes the date viewed, persons presenting, title of program (if appropriate) and a brief summary.

         Because the purpose of this assignment is to increase student awareness of the prevalence and importance of sport related issues in our society at large, students are encouraged NOT to use professional journals, but instead to use sources from what would normally be termed "lay" or "popular" literature.

         Each article MUST be accompanied by a complete, APA style, bibliographic citation. This may be hand written directly on the article if there is space. In addition, students should write the date on which they presented the article in class.

         Topics can include ANYTHING RELATED in some way to course content. These may include, but are not limited to, issues relating to education, health, medical professions, coaching, society and sport in the broadest sense, etc. HOWEVER, articles which relate to the assigned issue of the day will be given priority and are more likely to be selected for inclusion in class discussion.


    LECTURES/ACTIVITIES (optional)- Occasionally the instructor will announce local lectures that can be attended in order to receive extra credit.     Also, students are encouraged to make the instructor and other students aware of activities that would be appropriate for this class (i.e. related in some way to the course content).   Students choosing to do this, should submit a brief summary of the lecture in order to receive extra credit.  This summary must be submitted no later than 2 weeks from the day of the lecture. NOTE:  An event must be approved for extra credit by the instructor PRIOR to the occurrence of the event.  This assignment is worth 2 points.


The list below will be updated periodically with events that would be acceptable for this extra credit assignment.


         There are no suggested events at this time. Please check back periodically for updates.





1. Annotated Bibliographies (5 points)

         on - time (.25)

         typed (.25)

         includes title/topic (.25)  

         topic appropriate (.25)

         spelling/grammar (.25)

         2 scholarly print journals (.25)

         7 sources (.5)

         sources appropriate (1)

         correct APA citations (1)

         annotations acceptable (1


2.  Outlines (5 points)

         on-time (.5)

         spelling/grammar (.5)

         typed (.5)

         appropriate major headings (1)

         appropriate sub-headings (1)

         logical sequence/organization (1.5)


3.  Term Paper (20 points)

          on-time (1)

         typed (.5)

         length - at least 7 pages (.5)

         7 citations/sources (1)

         citations in text match reference list (1)

         correct APA citations (1)

         correct APA reference list (1)

         spelling/grammar (2)

          appropriate topic (2)

          logical organization (3)

         support for arguments (3)

         overall strength (4)