Enjoyed SOC 222? Check out PSYCH 436!

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN  SPORT PSYCHOLOGY?

Enroll in a SUMMER QUARTER course
Psych 436 – Developmental Aspects of Sport

Psych 436 – Developmental Aspects of Sport Competition
Summer Quarter 2013
(4 credits, MW 9:40-11:50, SMI 205, SLN 13336)

The course focuses on the effects of athletic competition on children and adolescents.
Controversial issues are examined in light of research-based evidence and students’ personal experiences in youth sports. The course is designed to be of interest to Psychology majors, as well as the general student population.
Topics include:

  • Motivation and readiness for competition 
  • Social evaluation and the competition process 
  • Maturity characteristics of successful athletes 
  • Sport participation by young females 
  • Performance-related anxiety 
  • Sportsmanship and moral development 
  • Aggression and violence in youth sports 
  • Coaches roles in achieving optimal outcomes

Credits 4
Meeting Times MW 9:40-11:50
Room SMI 205
Schedule Line # 13336
Prerequisite Psych 209 (A waiver can be obtained from the instructor.)
Instructor Dr. Frank Smoll (smoll@uw.edu) UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON Department of Psychology

Class Description
The course focuses on the effects of athletic competition on children and adolescents. Controversial issues are examined in light of research-based evidence, as well as students’ personal experiences in youth sports. The topics covered include the following:

 Children’s motivation and readiness for competition
 Social evaluation and the competition process
 Maturity characteristics of successful athletes
 Sport participation by young females
 Performance-related anxiety
 Sportsmanship and moral development
 Aggression and violence in youth sports
 The role of coaches in achieving optimal benefits for young athletes

The course is designed to be of interest and benefit to Psychology majors, as well as the general student population.

General Method of Instruction, Class Assignments, and Grading Class sessions are conducted with a modified seminar/discussion format, rather than a strictly lecturetype approach. The course materials include chapters selected from a youth sport text, a Xerox package of supplemental readings, and a Xerox set of study guides (study questions and class outlines, diagrams, etc.). To effectively participate in class discussions, students are expected to read assigned materials prior to class.

Grades are based on a Midterm and Final exam (multiple-choice format). In addition, “bonus” points are awarded to students who demonstrate superior comprehension of the topics via high-quality participation in class discussions. Final grades are assigned on a percentage basis (not a “curve”).

Prerequisite
Psych 209 – Fundamentals of Psychological Research
Note: A waiver of the prerequisite can be obtained from the instructor (smoll@uw.edu).

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