Fall 2020 - PSYC 491 D100

Advanced Topics in Psychology (4)

Sports Psychology

Class Number: 7050

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM

  • Prerequisites:

    PSYC 201, 210, 60 units, a CGPA of 3.0. Other prerequisites vary by topic offering.



Course can be repeated for credit. Students may not take this course for further credit if similar topics are covered. See Psychology department website for course description.


This course examines theory and research in applied sport and exercise psychology and provides students with an introduction to the field. The emphasis will be on integrating, theory, research and application in the study of human behaviour in performance settings. The seminar format will allow for group discussion and interaction. Students will be expected to read assigned materials and contribute to these activities. Guest speakers will be brought into the class when possible to provide the students with the opportunity to further experience the field of applied sport psychology. Special projects will be assigned throughout the course.


To examine theory and research in the field of applied sport psychology.
To apply these concepts and theories to better understand the field of applied sport psychology
To examine sports skills using a life skills approach
To understand the relationship individual and team skills in sport psychology
To examine both the performance and clinical aspects of the field of sport psychology


  • Tentative Breakdown:
  • Participation: 5%
  • Writing Assignments: 35%
  • Term Paper/Project: 45%
  • In class assignment: 15%



Sanderson, Catherine A., (2017) Sport Psychology. Oxford University Press, New York.

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