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Outreach in Organized Sport
SMGT-402

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course will provide a foundational view of character coaches and related personnel within organized sport. The content will focus on learning how to pray for, to serve, to challenge, and to invest in lives and being on the journey of faith for those who serve.

Requisites

Prerequisites 

SMGT 200 and SMGT 201

Rationale

The influence of sports has risen to epic status over the past century. This course will equip men and women to explore the foundational principles of chaplaincy, understand the responsibility of being a sport chaplain, and seek to enter into this area with the sole purpose of ministering to the unique needs of the people of sport.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Explain the functions of a sport chaplain.
  2. Coordinate special ministry/outreach events.
  3. Coordinate and lead chapel services.
  4. Provide training and resources for character development and life management skills.

Course Resources

Required Resource

The resource below is provided in the course at no cost to the student.

Parker, A, Watson, H.J., & White, J.B. (2016). Sport chaplaincy: Trends, issues, and

debates. Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Disclaimer: The above resources provide information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in these resources.

Additional Materials for Learning

  1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
  2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
  3. Blackboard recommended browsers
  4. Microsoft Word: (Microsoft Office is available at a special discount to Liberty University students.)
  5. APA formatting information: http://ezproxy.liberty.edu/login?url=http://APAStyleCENTRAL.apa.org

Course Assignments

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (4)

The student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 400–500 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 200 words.

Reading Reports (7)

The student will summarize each chapter from the Parker text based on the assigned reading reports. The length of the paper must be 1–2 pages for each written assignment.

Chaplain Interview

The student will conduct an interview with a sports chaplain to inquire about the role of the sports chaplain. The student will then write a 2-page paper summarizing the interview.

Coach Interview

The student will interview a coach or player on how a chapel program has benefitted the team. The student will then write a 2-page paper summarizing the interview.

Chapel Message

The student will prepare 3 chapel messages for a high school girls or boys team. Each message must be a minimum of 2 pages.


Chaplain’s Advice

The student will read an athlete’s autobiography of his/her choice, and summarize the athlete’s story in regard to family, life challenges, and sports challenges. The student will respond as if he/she were the chaplain for this player, and the player came to him/her for spiritual advice on 1 or more of these personal matters. This assignment must be 3–4 pages and in current APA format.

Sports Chapel Strategy

The student will complete a strategy paper on how he/she would start a sports chapel in a local high school. The paper must be 5–7 pages in current APA format, not including the title page and reference page.

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist

10

Discussion Board Forums (4 at 50 pts ea)

200

Chaplain Interview

100

Coach Interview

100

Chapel Message

135

Chaplain’s Advice

100

Sports Chapel Strategy

120

Reading Reports (7 at 35 pts ea)

280

Total

1010

Policies

Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit https://www.liberty.edu/online/online-disability-accommodation-support/. Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion board posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Grading Scale

A B C D F
900-1010 800-899 700-799 600-699 0-599

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=19155.

Schedule

SMGT 402

Textbooks: Parker et al., Sport Chaplaincy: Trends, Issues, and Debates (2016).

Module/Week

Reading & Study

Assignments

Points

1

Parker et al.: Preface and

Introduction

1 presentation

Course Requirements Checklist

Introduction/Welcome DB

DB Forum 1

Reading Report 1

10

0

50

35

2

Parker et al.: chs. 1 - 2

1 presentation

Reading Report 2

Chaplain Interview

35

100

3

Parker et al.: chs. 3 - 5

1 presentation

DB Forum 2

Reading Report 3

50

35

4

Parker et al.: chs. 6 - 7

1 presentation

Reading Report 4

Coach Interview

35

100

5

Parker et al.: chs. 8 – 10

1 presentation

DB Forum 3

Reading Report 5

50

35

6

Parker et al.: chs. 11 – 12

1 presentation

Reading Report 6

Chapel Message

35

135

7

Parker et al.: chs. 13 – 14

1 presentation

DB Forum 4

Reading Report 7

Sports Chapel Strategy

50

35

120

8

Parker et al.: ch. 15

Conclusion

1 presentation

Chaplain’s Advice

100

Total

1010

DB = Discussion Board

NOTE: Each course module/week (except Module/Week 1) begins on Tuesday morning at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and ends on Monday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET). The final module/week ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.