KIN W10 Sport and the Media. Sport and media have become increasingly prominent in contemporary society and their symbiotic relationship has created a monster that seems to grow stronger everyday. This course examines the changing landscape of sport media from the late 1800’s to its current state. Students investigate the role of sport movies, print media (newspapers, magazines), electronic (radio, network television, cable television), new media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) and sport media’s role in defining the entertainment value and perceived importance of sport at all levels. Topics include the roles of media planners, producers, sports information directors, sports journalists, and specialized media-related companies dedicated to marketing, producing, and disseminating commercialized sport around the world. Finally, the students critically examine the relationship between sport media and issues such as race, gender, sexuality, nationalism, capitalism/consumerism, and violence from a Reformed Christian perspective. B. Bolt, J. Timmer. 8:30 a.m. to noon.
KIN W40 Grand Canyon Outdoor Educator. This wilderness based learning experience is designed for students interested in developing wilderness leadership skills and advanced skills in expeditionary leadership, backcountry medicine, and rock climbing instruction and site management. The course begins at Calvin College with a 9 day Wilderness First Responder certification course sponsored by the Wilderness Medical Institute of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). Two groups of 10 students will then travel to Grand Canyon National Park for a six day winter backpacking trip deep into the heart of the Grand Canyon. Here, students will gain skills in wilderness leadership, backcountry living and travel, risk management, outdoor education, and group development. During this phase, students will cover the Wilderness Education Association (WEA) backcountry curriculum. Students will then travel to Joshua Tree National Park to complete 7 day rock climbing instructor and site management course. During the 25 day interim, students will also be exposed to the following topics related to outdoor education and leadership; group dynamics, conflict management and resolution, expedition planning, models of facilitation, land management agencies, Leave No Trace ethics, regional natural history, and environmental ethics and stewardship. This course may fulfill an elective in the Recreation major and minor. Course dates: January 5-29. Fee: $1956. R. Rooks, K. Heys. Off campus.
PER Activities Courses (1 semester hour)
# Fee required.
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