Sport Governance & Ethics 412

by James Reese


  • Governance Component-5 Weeks
  • Ethics Component-5 Weeks
  • Equals Ten 2-Hour Class Periods
  • Two 2-Hour Class Periods Assigned to Ethical Theory.
  • Eight 2-Hour Class Periods Assigned to Discussing Ethical Issues in the World of Sports.

Goal of the Ethics Component

  • To Provide Students With a Basic Understanding of Major Ethical Theories in Order to Provide a Theoretical Framework for Decision-Making in Sport and in Life.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the Primary Ethical Theories-Four Will Be Addressed.
  • Understand That All Theories Are Flawed
  • Recognize Ethical Situations
  • Understand That it Is Difficult To Exclude Biases From the Decision Making Process.
  • Identify Changes in Ethical Philosophy That May Have Occurred During the Quarter.

Ethical Theories To Be Discussed

  • Deontological
  • Teleological
  • Existentialist
  • Naturalistic Approach
  • Justice Theories

Topics to Be Addressed in Class

  • Hazing in Sports
  • Salaries in Professional Sports
  • The Implementation and Effects of Title IX
  • Performance Enhancing Drugs and Supplements in Sports.
  • The Exploitation of College Athletes?
  • The Actions of Parents in Youth Sports
  • Violence in Sport
  • Pressure to Win and the Impact on Ethics


  • Final Exam-Not Whether Their Decisions are Right or Wrong, But How They Identify and Apply Ethical Theory.
  • Ethics Journal
  • Instrument-Measure Any Changes During the 5-Week Period. No Guarantee of Cause and Effect.

Possible Instruments

  • Values Auction Sheet
  • Ethical Self Evaluations Questionnaire
  • Ethics Position Questionnaire
  • Incidents in Negotiation Questionnaire
  • Business Ethics Questionnaire
  • Machiavellianism (Mach) Questionnaire
  • Ethical Slippage Questionnaire


  • The Goal of the Course and Module is to Raise Awareness That Ethical Theories Provide a Foundation for Decision Making. This Awareness Should Force Students to Question and Evaluate Their Own Decision Making System.
  • Raising Awareness May Help Them To Have a Theoretical Foundation For Decisions in the Real World.
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