PSY 265 - Sport Psychology
This course will provide an overview of the growing field of Sport Psychology, which examines human behavior in the context of athletic pursuits and the interaction between psychological variables and sports performance. This multi-faceted field integrates theories and concepts from general, social, personality and developmental psychology as well as exercise psychology, sport sociology, and motor learning. Topics will include group and team dynamics, leadership, motivation, psychological skills training, use of imagery and performance enhancement, promotion of health and well-being, the relationship between personality and performance, and psychopathology in sport. This introductory course is ideal for students who wish to work with athletes in some capacity, pursue a career in physical education teaching and/or coaching or who plan on working with individuals in the health, fitness, or wellness industry.
Prerequisites: PSY 110 General Psychology
3 Class Hours
Learning Outcomes of the Course:
Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:
1. Through verbal or written communication, students will be able to list and describe definitions, distinctions, and proposed casual mechanisms of psychological theories that have been used to study human behavior in the context of sport. For example, students will be able to compare similarities and differences between various personality theories, understand theories describing the development of personality, and how these personality theories apply to sports psychology.
2. Demonstrate how to apply theoretical knowledge to solve common problems that may be encountered in the field through written and verbal communication.
3. Show independent critical thinking and communicate these ideas both verbally and in writing by critically analyzing current research in the field.
4. Demonstrate knowledge of the interdisciplinary nature of the study of sport from perspectives through a written exam. Perspectives such as gender differences, social context, developmental and biological changes and, professional ethical issues/concerns within the field will be covered.
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