Introduction to current research and theoretical perspectives on psychological and psychosocial components of sport participation and competition. Participation motives, motivation, confidence, anxiety, aggression, and other factors that influence individuals and teams or groups. Students complete written assignments to hone writing skills and apply course material.
At the end of this course, students should be able to 1. Demonstrate an understanding of the major psychological components of individual and team/group performance including confidence, attention, arousal, anxiety, motivation, causal attribution, aggression, cohesion, moral development and leadership. 2. Demonstrate an understanding of the application of these components to specific sport situations. 3. Demonstrate an understanding of various programs of implementation for developing the psychological components of sport participation. 4. Demonstrate an understanding of the history of sport psychology both in practice and as a field of study. 5. Identify, analyze, synthesize, evaluate, and employ information resources and/or other forms of supporting evidence appropriate and relevant to scholarly work in sport psychology. 6. Construct sound, probing questions and hypotheses appropriate to scholarly work in sport psychology. 7. Apply critical analytic and evaluative thinking to their own writing, through drafting, revising, and/or editing processes appropriate to sport psychology and the specific genre(s) in which they are writing. 8. Demonstrate the ability to work collectively with peers in producing and presenting knowledge related to a specific sport psychology concept.