SMGT 350: Sport Ethics

  • Course StartArchived
  • Course Duration5 weeks
  • Workload26-30 hours per week
  • Credit OfferedRice University Credit

Explore major moral/ethical issues and theoretical frameworks inside and outside of sport.

Course Description

The Sport Industry has never been more popular or more lucrative than it is currently … nor has it ever been more tainted. In this online course major moral/ethical issues and theoretical frameworks inside and outside of sport will be researched and discussed.

Week 1 – Cheating & Gamesmanship, Doping, Sports & Education
Week 2 – College sports, Paying college athletes
Week 3 – Youth Sports, Sportsmanship, Concussions
Week 4 – Gambling & Sports betting, Tanking
Week 5 – Coaching, Nike, FIFA

This course is open to:

  • Rice Students continuing their studies through the summer
  • Visiting students who want to take challenging academics and transfer credits to their home institution
  • High school students looking to earn college level degree credit

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Course Format

3 credit hour class, offered during Summer Sessions III

SMGT 350 (Sport Ethics) requires students to participate in 2-hour mandatory live sessions on Monday/Wednesday/Friday. Students will read articles and watch assigned videos on the various ethical topics and then we will use most of the class time discussing and debating those topics. Students will also make presentations during class time.


  • Computer with a camera
  • Internet connection with sufficient bandwidth to support videoconferencing
  • Residency in Houston is not required

Important Course Dates

Session III: May 20 – June 21, 2019
Session III application deadline for visiting students: May 13, 2019
Session III registration deadline for Rice students: May 19, 2019


Tuition for Rice and visiting students:
$800 per credit hour
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Professor Information

Picture of Dr. Clark Haptonstall

Dr. Clark Haptonstall

Clark Haptonstall Ph.D is the chair of the Department of Sport Management at Rice University. Haptonstall, a Professor in the Practice of Sport Management, teaches Sport Marketing, Sport Public Relations, and Sport Ethics. Before becoming a professor, Haptonstall worked in professional and college sports throughout the 1990s including stops as the Sports Information Director at […]

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