Ethics and Sports – Thursday – Spring 2023 – 5 Weeks – Grades 8 – 10
Thursday, May 18 2023 @ 1:00PM – 2:30PM EDT
Instructor Email:[email protected]
Grade/Level:8th – 10th
Day of Week:Thursday
Class Times:1:00PM – 2:30PM (ET)
Calling all athletes and sports fans! In this five-week class we will discuss the difference between ethical sportsmanship and unethical gamesmanship, focusing on basketball, baseball, soccer, and football.
Studying ethics is a great way to develop critical thinking skills, and to develop your own moral code. Many interesting issues come up in the world of sports, which we will analyze by looking at the strongest arguments on both sides. Students will think of examples from their own experiences as athletes and/or sports fans, and we will debate whether specific examples from professional sports fall on the right or wrong side of the ethical line, and why.
Is it ethical to be a football fan given what we now know about the effects of repeated head trauma?
Should baseball players who used steroids be admitted to the Hall of Fame?
Should there be rules against taunting in basketball, end zone celebrations in football, and bat flipping in baseball?
Is flopping in soccer ethical?
Should athletes speak out on social issues, or not?
This will be a discussion-based class looking at one or more different topics in ethics and sports each week. Students should come to class prepared to share their views in a lively conversation.
Students will be given a resource booklet of articles we will discuss in class.
Students will receive approximately one to two hours per week. Assignments will include short writing assignments in response to our discussions.
Please note this is a five-week class. The class will meet on the following days:
Week 1 – Week of April 17
Week 2 – Week of April 24
Week 3 – Week of May 1
Week 4 – Week of May 8
Week 5 – Week of May 15
Make Up Week– Week of May 22
NOTE: Registration deadline is March 20, 2022.
There must be a minimum of 5 students to run this class.