Topics courses

Students will take two topics courses from among the choices below.

Sports, Media and Society (JRLC 3800)

Students learn how sports, and the media coverage of sports, can reflect and drive social and cultural change. Course material spans historical and contemporary perspectives. Students critically analyze the intersection of sports and politics; sports and economics; sports and religion; sports and civic pride and national identity; and sports and LGBT, race and gender issues. Students gain a working knowledge of U.S. sports history over the last century, as well as an understanding of how the media affect the impact that sport has on cultural progression.

Advanced Topics in Sports Media (JRLC 5880)

These courses will focus on topics central to a deeper understanding of issues that influence or converge with sports and/or sports media. Examples include sports law, sports analytics and economics, social change in sports, sports integration, race and gender in sports, and social media in sports. We already have offered a sampling of these courses, including Performance and Health Issues in Sports for Media in Fall 2014, Social Media in Sports in Spring 2013, College Sports and the Media in Fall 2012, and Sports Communications in repeated semesters.

  • Next offered: Social Media in Sports – Summer 2016
  • Prerequisites: Varied; check with department and/or instructor

Students also can fulfill the topics course requirement through select offerings in the Sport Management program in the Department of Kinesiology. Acceptable selections are courses that examine topics in the broad sense of sport, rather than topics related only to sport management.  Some possibilities: Philosophy and Ethics in Sport (KINS 3415); Managing the Legal Aspects of Sport (KINS 3420); Sport and the Black Culture (KINS 3580); Sport Finance (KINS 4520); Social Aspects of Sport (4820); Sport Policy and Governance (KINS 4830). Courses that focus primarily on sport-management skills, such as Sport Event Management (KINS 4840), do not fill this requirement.

You must obtain a POD in order to register for courses in the Department of Kinesiology. Please contact Grady Sports Media advisor Carlo Finlay at for details.

At least one of the two topics courses should be 4000 level or above.

Check with Carlo for approval of any non-JRLC courses.


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