ACADEMIC COMPONENT: ACADEMIC CREDIT IS ARRANGED INDEPENDENTLY WITH STUDENTS (I.E. MENTORSHIP CREDIT)
Undergraduate students attending the Games in Athens, Beijing, and London were required to enroll in a three-credit hour hybrid course with Tiffin University. The academic requirement will be instituted for the 2020 Tokyo program. Graduate students and adults earning a baccalaureate degree have the option of enrolling in a graduate course. Transcripts are mailed directly to the college the student identifies for transfer credit.
The academic component includes an exploration into global sports with a focus on the historical, organizational, philosophical, ethical, and economic influences of the Modern Olympic Games. While maintaining a daily journal of experiences, students interact with Olympians and Olympic organizers while examining the cultural aspects of sports and the governance structures of the International Olympic Committee, National Governing Bodies, Host Site Organizing Committees, and the individual sport federations.
Participation as a spectator or volunteer for the XXXI Olympiad and the Olympic Reunion Center in addition to interaction with practitioners involved in the preparation of the global games will generate an applied understanding of global sports. Students are scheduled to meet former Olympians and possibly a member of the IOC to engage in discussions on the theories of nationalism and capitalism as they impact the Olympics. The course will be divided into assignments related to videos, readings, slide shows, and web information on the managerial and cultural aspects of global sports. By blogging / journaling about their their social and cultural activities while attending the Games and traveling in Rio de Janeiro, South America, students will document their learning experiences. In addition, the students will prepare several short narrative papers and answer questions relative to the topics.
Course Title: The Olympic Games
Course Description: (Following is a general description of the course. This description will be modified accordingly to match the academic bulletin publications of the sponsoring institution once one is secured).. Students will examine governing issue and cultural aspects of global sport federations from the World Cup to the Olympics. This course is designed to provide a broad understanding the historical, organizational, philosophical, ethical, social, cultural, and economic influences on global sports with a special focus on the XXXI Olympic Games.. Participants are required to engage in the Olympic Academic Experience in Rio.