Kine 6340. 701. 2172 Sport and Society Spring 2017 Dr. Steve Aicinena Office: Gym 202 Email

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Sport and Society
Spring 2017
Dr. Steve Aicinena
Office: Gym 202
Office Phone: 432-553-5662


In this course, you will examine sport from a sociological perspective. You will be asked to question what you know about sport and socialization. Some of what you believe sport is will be demonstrated to be false. Much of what you believe about sport will be strengthened. You will, most likely, see sport and society from a different perspective as the course concludes.

General Course Description and Course Objectives 

This course has been developed in order for you to take a critical look at the world of sport. As you complete the course, you will:

  1. See how sport functions within various segments of society and within its institutions to maintain the status quo.

  2. Illustrate how Gender Logic, Class Logic and Race Logic are present in sport.

  3. Formulate important questions concerning sport and to gain a better understanding of your place within society and why you believe the things you do.

  4. Examine how sport functions within American society to reinforce cultural ideology as individuals go through the socialization process.

Sport is what we make it. Society is what we make it.

An outline of the units and topics covered in the course appears below.

Unit 1: Analysis, Socialization, Values and History

    • Lesson 1: Sociological Analysis

    • Lesson 2: Sport and Socialization

    • Lesson 3: Sport and Values

    • Lesson 4: Sport History

Unit 2: Youth Sport, School Sport, Sport Deviance and Violence

    • Lesson 1: Youth Sport

    • Lesson 2: School Sport

    • Lesson 3: Deviance and Sport

    • Lesson 4: Violence in Sport

Unit 3: Media, Gender and Race

Unit 4: Religion, the Economy and Social Stratification

    • Lesson 1: Religion and Sport

    • Lesson 2: The Economy and Sport

    • Lesson 3: Sport and Social Stratification

You Will Take A Quiz Over This Syllabus

You must take a quiz over this syllabus. You cannot begin the introductory unit until you score 90% on the quiz. If you do not score 90% or higher, you must retake the quiz. You will be tested over the objectives appearing below. Be sure to get the information as you read through the material.

Note: You will not be able to proceed in the course until you have passed the Syllabus Quiz with a score of 90% or better. 

After you have read over the syllabus and have reviewed the objectives, you may take the Syllabus Quiz by selecting Exams on the left and then selecting Syllabus Quiz.

Objectives for Practice Exam:

  1. State how you find the objectives for each unit.

  2. State how the objective questions are created.

  3. Describe how to be sure that you will perform well on the objective exams.

  4. Identify the prerequisites for this course.

  5. Identify the state the Professor is from.

  6. State what the Professor's job currently entails.

  7. State how many textbooks are required for the course and if they are needed.

  8. State how many Units there are for the course.

  9. State what type of exams there are for the course.

  10. State whether there is a final exam or not.

  11. Describe the following concerning the Objective Exams:

    1. When and how you can access them

    2. Whether or not you can stop an exam and start it later

    3. How much time you have to complete an exam

    4. How many times you can take an objective exam

    5. How many questions are on each exam

    6. How many points each objective exam question is worth

    7. When objective exams are graded

  12. Describe the following concerning essay exams:

    1. How many you will take

    2. How you will access them

    3. When you will take them

    4. How long you have to complete them

    5. When I will grade them

    6. How you will receive your results

  13. Describe the following concerning Forums

    1. How many there are in total

    2. What the purpose of the Forums is

    3. Where you place your forums

  14. Describe the following concerning the Research Assignment

    1. What the options are for this assignment

    2. When you must let me know which option you choose

    3. What criteria I will use for grading

    4. How to send the research assignment to me

  15. When I will place grades in the Grade Book

  16. State what the Lectures focus on

  17. Explain how to access the Lectures.

  18. State the amount of time you should expect to spend in this course each week.

  19. State how information is placed into the grade book.


There are no prerequisites for this course, other than having been permitted by your institution to take the course. If you are a graduate student, you should be sure that your advisor has approved the course for inclusion in your degree plan. The course should have general application to anyone's life, so if you are taking it for or because of personal interest, you are welcome. 

Course Objectives

For each reading in all units, there are specific objectives - information you will be responsible for. You can find the Objectives for each unit by clicking on the hyperlink in the "Overview" associated with each unit. You will see a list of the readings and objectives associated with each of them. All objectives for each reading associated with the unit are listed. 

In order to perform well in the course, you should do the following:

  1. Look over the objectives before you read the lesson or assigned reading.

  2. Highlight in your book the material that will answer the question that will allow you to perform the objective.

  3. Write out the response to the objective/question.

If you do not address all of the objectives before your objective exams, you will perform poorly. Prepare for your objective exams. I allow you to use your books and notes on the exams, but if you do not prepare, you will do poorly.

The essay exams will require you to apply concepts presented within the readings and lessons.

Instructor's Bio

Dr. Steve Aicinena is a Professor of Kinesiology at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin located in Odessa, Texas. In high school, he participated on the varsity soccer, baseball, and tennis teams at John Glenn High School in Norwalk, CA. He was an all-conference and All-CIF goalkeeper. Steve was named class clown and "Most School Spirit" by his senior class. He attended California State University Fullerton, Cerritos College and received his undergraduate degree in Physical Education from the University of California at Davis. As an undergraduate, he participated on the soccer teams at each institution. He also played on the men's intercollegiate club volleyball team at Davis. 

Upon completion of his undergraduate degree, he took a teaching/coaching job at Crownpoint High School, located in Crownpoint, NM. He taught physical education, earth science, and biology. He served as an assistant football coach and head track coach. Later he assumed the head girl's basketball and volleyball positions. His teams won district and regional titles in both basketball and volleyball. He was named New Mexico "AA" Volleyball Coach of the Year in 1986 and won several other coaching awards.

In 1981, he received his Master's Degree in Physical Education from Idaho State University. He attended the University of Northern Colorado from 1986-1988 and earned his Doctorate in Education. While working toward his doctorate, he served as an assistant coach for the UNC volleyball team.

In 1988, Dr. Aicinena joined the faculty at UTPB. In the fall of 1994 he began the development of the Athletic Program at UTPB with the formation of club volleyball and soccer teams. He served as Head Coach of the UTPB Volleyball Team from 1995 through the fall 2014 season.

Aicinena was named Volleyball Coach of the Year for the Red River Athletic Conference in 1999 and 2000. The Falcons won Conference Championships in 1999 (Red River Conference/NAIA) and 2008 (Heartland Conference NCAA II). He completed his collegiate coaching career with a record of 337-321.

Currently, Aicinena serves as the Athletic Director in addition to carrying out teaching responsibilities with the Kinesiology Department. 

Dr. Aicinena is married to Geneva and has two children, Sandy and Eric. He has coached numerous youth sport teams and has volunteered to work with various organizations throughout the years. For additional information on Dr. Aicinena, (publications and specific experiences) access his resume Steve Aicinena's Resume

Textbooks Required

The textbooks required for the course are listed below. You may purchase them from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin bookstore directly or you may call them at (432) 552--2721 to arrange to purchase them over the phone and for them to be shipped to you. The UTPB Bookstore is operated by Follett Books. They have a Web-Site that you can order your books on. The site is (Links to an external site.) . Order your books today and ask them to be sent next day air.


Coakley, J. (2015). Sports in society: Issues and controversies (11th ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill. ISBN 978-0078022524

Eitzen, S. (2012). Sport in contemporary society (9th ed.). Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers ISBN 978-161205032-4 

Entine, J. (2001). Taboo: Why black athletes dominate sports and why we're afraid to talk about it. New York: Public Affairs. ISBN 158648026X


Technical Requirements

This course requires basic proficiency in the use of Word and how to create and edit documents, and to save and submit files. Students also need basic proficiency in receiving, sending, and attaching files to email, and in the use of Internet search tools. In order to submit photo identification with the designated assignment, students will need access to a camera or a camera phone.

Students can use cloud version of Word, PowerPoint and other Microsoft products through use of their UTPB Outlook 365 and UTPB email address.  For more information refer to Student Services below or visit: (Links to an external site.)

To obtain software licensing and media for selected Microsoft titles at very low cost through a software agreement visit: (Links to an external site.).

Computer Technical Requirements: Information at (Links to an external site.) 


Student Support Services



ADA Accommodation/Support

Testing Services & Academic Accommodations Department
(432) 552-2630 (Links to an external site.)


UTPB E-Advisor at (Links to an external site.)


(432) 552-0220 (Links to an external site.)

Email, Outlook 365,

Information Resources Service (Links to an external site.)

Financial Aid and Scholarship

(432) 552-2620 (Links to an external site.)


(432) 552-2370
The J. Conrad Dunagan Library Online at (Links to an external site.)


(432) 552-2635 (Links to an external site.)

Student Services (Links to an external site.)

Technical Support

Canvas 1-866-437-0867

Tutoring & Learning Resources

If you are taking courses through UTPB the following links provide services: Smarthinking Online Tutoring (Links to an external site.) (provides tutoring services),SmarterMeasure (Links to an external site.) (measures learner readiness for online course).

Student Success Center: (Links to an external site.)


Canvas Technical Support

If you have any technical support questions or have problems while in the course, Click on the large "? Help" in the bottom left corner of the webpage. There you will find a listing of places to get assistance with various problems you may encounter. 


Preparation for Emergencies

Computer Crash:  Not having a working computer or a crashed computer during the semester will NOT be considered as an acceptable reason for not completing course activities at a scheduled time. NOTE: Identify a second computer before the semester begins, that you can use when/if your personal computer crashes.

Complete Loss of Contact:  If you lose contact with course connectivity completely (i.e. you cannot contact me via Canvas or email), you need to call instructor, and leave message regarding connectivity loss and contact information.

Lost/Corrupt/Missing Files:  You must keep/save a copy of every project/assignment on an external drive, UTPB Outlook 365 OneDrive, or personal computer. In the event of any kind of failure (e.g. virus infection, student’s own computer crashes, loss of files in cyberspace, etc) or any


End-of-Course Evaluation & Instructor Evaluation

Every student is encouraged to complete an end-of-course evaluation/survey provided by UTPB. During the last few weeks of class, you will receive an announcement through email notifying you that the Course/Instructor Survey is available.  You may follow the link in the email to complete the survey using the same credentials to access your courses here.  When entering the emailed Survey link you will see a list of surveys for you to complete.

The survey is anonymous and you responses are confidential. Your feedback is critical to us and to your instructor as we strive to improve our offerings, and our support of you, the students.

Academic Dishonesty/Plagiarism/Cheating

The academic community regards academic dishonesty as an extremely serious matter, with serious consequences. Any effort to gain an advantage not given to all students is dishonest whether or not the effort is successful.  Any suspicion of academic dishonesty will be reported and investigated. A student who engages in scholastic dishonesty that includes, but is not limited to cheating, plagiarism, and collusion will receive an “F” for the course.  

All persons involved in academic dishonesty will be disciplined in accordance with University regulations and procedures. For complete information on UTPB student conduct and discipline procedures consult the university’s handbook at: (Links to an external site.)

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Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to cheating, plagiarism, collusion, falsifying academic records, misrepresenting facts, the submission for credit of any work or materials that are attributable in whole or in part to another person, taking an examination for another person, any act designed to give unfair advantage to a student such as, but not limited to, submission of essentially the same written assignment for two courses without the prior permission of the instructor, or the attempt to commit such acts.

Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to the appropriation of, buying, receiving as a gift, or obtaining by any means material that is attributable in whole or in part to another source, including words, ideas, illustrations, structure, computer code, other expression and media, and presenting that material as one's own academic work being offered for credit.


Attendance and Class Participation

Regular and active participation is an essential, unmistakably important aspect of this online course.   Students will log on a minimum of three times every seven days.  All students are expected to do the work assigned, notify the instructor when emergencies arise.



The learning management system has a tracking feature.  Statistics are collected that quantifies how often and when students are active in the course and provides information if the student has accessed different pages of the course.



All the course activities have set dates to be completed and submitted. After the due dates the activities will not be available for the students.  Not logging into an online course is considered absenteeism. Contact instructor immediately in case of emergency medical situation. 

Course Withdrawal/Grade Appeal

Find information and dates regarding drops and withdrawals at (Links to an external site.) 

For grade appeal process go to (Links to an external site.).

NOTE: The due dates and times for the activities will adhere to the Central Time Zone.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities

Americans with Disabilities Act: Students with disabilities that are admitted to The University of Texas of the Permian Basin may request reasonable accommodations and classroom modifications as addressed under Section 504/ADA regulations.  The definition of a disability for purposes of ADA is that she or he (1) has a physical or mental impairment that substantively limits a major life activity, (2) has a record of such an impairment or, (3) is regarded as having such an impairment.

Students who have provided all documentation and are eligible for services will be advised of their rights regarding academic accommodations and responsibilities. The University is not obligated to pay for diagnosis or evaluations nor is it obligated to pay for personal services or auxiliary aids. Students needing assistance because of a disability must contact Testing Services & Academic Accommodations Department, 432-552-2630, Leticia Madrid,, no later than 30 days prior to the start of the semester.


Important Academic Dates

UTPB Academic Calendar:  (Links to an external site.)


There is an objective examination and an essay exam for each of the four units. Once you get to the end of a Unit (the last page of the last lesson), you will be directed to access your exam by selecting the Quizzes button to the left on the course menu.


Online Student Authentication

UTPB requires that each student who registers for an online course is the same student who participates in, completes, and receives credit for the course. UTPB’s Distance Education Policy requires faculty members to employ at least two methods of verification to ensure student identities. 

To access online courses students must login to the UTPB learning management system using their unique personal identifying username and secure password.  UTPB’s Distance Education Policy requires at least one additional student identification method within the course that has been determined and approved by the faculty or academic program. 

  • This course satisfies the second method of student authentication by Presentation of approved photo ID through an assignment 

A clear image of yourself

In color

  1. Well lit, and no shadows on your face or your ID that can obscure your image

  2. Must be taken on the day you submit the photo to reflect your current appearance

  3. Taken in full-face view directly facing the camera

  4. With a neutral facial expression and both eyes open

Then a picture of your ID (can be a UTPB ID or government issued ID) with only your name and picture showing (Picture ID card in which the ID number has been covered (tape over any numbers).

*Approved photo identifications are: passports, government issued identification, driver’s licenses, military ID from DoD; dual credit and early college high school students use school district identifications.


General Information for both Exam Types

  1. You may only take the Exams on the dates specified in the course calendar. You cannot access them before or after these dates. I will work with you in the event that you have a special need to take an exam early or late. You should notify me in advance of a request for special arrangements.

  2. If you were going to take the Objective Examination for Unit 1, once you enter the testing area for this course, you would select Objective Exam 1.

  3. The Exams are timed.

  4. Once you begin the exam, you must complete it. You cannot exit it and come back later. You can only enter each exam one time.

Objective Exams

  1. You get 60 seconds for each objective question on the average.

  2. Questions appear one at a time. You can go back to questions you have answered.

  3. When you have completed the exam it graded and the questions you missed are identified but the correct answer is not given.

  4. The objective exams have an average of 88 questions each.

  5. Each objective exam question will be worth 2 points toward your total grade.

  6. I do not quibble over objective exam questions. You get them correct or incorrect. There is always ONE BEST ANSWER.

  7. Objective Exams are graded (by the computer) as soon as you are finished and you will know how you did immediately by looking in the "Grades" Area.

  8. You will take a practice objective exam at the end of this syllabus, so that you can see what it is like to take one of the objective exams.

  9. You must score at least 90% on the practice exam before you will be allowed to begin the Introductory Unit. You will be allowed to retake it as many times as you need in order to get 90% or higher. As is true with the real objective exams, if you have not found and learned the required information, you will not do well. Your score on the syllabus quiz will appear in the gradebook but will not count toward your final grade.

Essay Exams

  1. I allow one hour for you to complete the essay exams.

  2. The essay exams will have 1-2 questions.

  3. I will grade your essay exams within one week unless I am traveling in which case I will let you know. 

When I have graded the exams, I will let you know via email. You can see scores and access comments through the gradebook.


You will receive points for each assignment in the course. The course is divided into four units. Instructions/Directions for exams, Forums and the research assignment are presented under separate headings in this syllabus.

  1. Each Unit has an objective examination. You may access the objective exams only on the dates specified in the course calendar.

  2. Each Unit will also have an essay examination. Essay exams can only be accessed on the dates specified in the calendar.

  3. Each unit has two Forums (8 total).

  4. You will have one research assignment.

  5. There is no final exam. The Unit 4 exam is your last exam.

Please note that the objective exams are thorough (many questions) and they will challenge your mastery of the objectives. Scores and your responses are non-negotiable. On the other hand, scores on the essay exams are uniformly high. I review the scores on each objective exam question in order to determine if the question was addressed in the readings and to see how the class scored on the item. I inform the class via email concerning "bad questions" and give credit for them.

Unit 1

Unit 2

Forums (2 x 25 each)


Forums (2 x 25 each)


Objective Exam


Objective Exam


Essay Exam


Essay Exam


Unit 3

Unit 4

Forums (2 x 25 each)


Forums (2 x 25 each)


Objective Exam


Objective Exam


Essay Exam


Essay Exam


Research Assignment


Grades for your objective exams are shown right after you complete them in the gradebook. Your essay exam scores and your forum grades are manually entered into the gradebook. When I have entered your grades for the Forums and Essay Exams, you will be informed via email.

Grading Scale

A: 1372 - 1524         90%-100%

B: 1219 - 1371         80%-89%

C: 1067 - 1218         70%-79%

D: 914 - 1066           60%-69%

Incomplete Grades

Only in exceptional circumstances will I assign a grade of “I” – incomplete. The student must request the incomplete grade and present evidence supporting the request (Example: Documentation of a hospital stay). Students who have not completed most (at least 75%) of the course work will not be granted additional time to complete the course requirements regardless of any life circumstance.   According to the UTPB Catalog “A grade of I…is reported when students have not met all requirements of a courses by the end of the semester and the instructor considers the allowance of additional time to complete course requirements justified.” For the entire policy, please refer to the UTPB Catalog.

Research Assignment

You will have ONE research assignment for this course.   

The term paper will consist of a minimum of 10 pages (double spaced with 12 font type). 

You must include a minimum of 20 references.   

The paper can be over ANY topic covered in the course. You MUST get approval before starting. I have had students turn in papers that were not related to Sociology of Sport and they received zeros as a result. For example, the topics dealt with matter related to sports psychology.   

You must use APA writing and reference style. Information on APA writing and reference style is available on the following site: (Links to an external site.).  APA is the writing and reference style that would be used for projects or a thesis and is used in most of our professional journals in our field.    

You must select a specific topic for your paper and have it approved by me before starting your research.  

Your topic may not be overly broad. For example you could not do your paper on Sport and Religion, but it could cover some aspect of sport and religion, for example, Fetishes and Rituals in Sport. 

You can do your subject search within the UTPB Digital Library.  

Accessing Journals On-Line 

Hundreds of journals can be accessed by going to the UTPB Digital Library (Links to an external site.)    Once there, you would select a database in which to perform your search. I would recommend the following databases in which to search for articles associated with this course:  

  1. ProQuest (various journals)

  2. SportsDiscus (various journals)

  3. Sociological Collection (various journals)

  4. Lexis-Nexus (primarily newspaper articles)  

Once you select a database (I recommend starting with Sport Discus), you will use your login name and password (the same one you use to enter this class) to enter. 

Enter the word or topic of interest where indicated. Select Enter. 

You will see a list of articles by title and an indication of whether the link has an abstract of the article, the full text or both. Obtain the article, red it and take notes...    

I am stating here that if you copy information directly off of the Internet to paste into your paper, you will receive a zero for the paper. 

Please look over the information for this site before writing your paper and check your paper before turning it in. (Links to an external site.)    

Below is information for our Library’s distance education services. It includes phone numbers in case you have any difficulty researching a topic/getting into the databases. They will be happy to assist you if you have any difficulties.   

Distance Education Library Services Library services are available to distance education students enrolled through the REACH Distance Learning Program (Links to an external site.) (UTPB Web Courses and Interactive Video Courses).

  1. By Phone:  

    1. Circulation Desk: (432) 552-2370

    2. Research Assistance Desk: (432) 552-2396   

  2. By Email:Instruction / Distance Education Librarian  

  3. By Mail: Access Services -Conrad Dunagan Library - University of Texas of the Permian Basin 4901 E. University Blvd. Odessa, TX 79762  

Reference Resources:  → Librarians are ready to answer reference questions from distance education students submitted by phone, mail, email, or fax. Please be as specific as possible with your questions.

The Reference desk number is (432) 552-2374.

The Access Services fax number is (432) 552-2395.

Submitting Your Research Paper

Your research paper will be submitted through Turn-It-In and will check for plagiarism.

On the course menu, there is a button entitled “Paper Submission.” This is where you go to submit the paper.

Step 1

When you first access “Turn It In” there will be a legal disclaimer that you will have to agree to.

 Step 2

Then you will be taken to a screen with the following header:

 Submit paper: by file upload (step 1 of 3)

 Step 3

 Complete the information required and follow the simple steps to upload your paper.

 Step 4

 You will then be taken to a page with the following header:

 Submit paper: Step 2 of 3

Check to be sure that your paper appears in the window. The formatting may not look the same as usual. That is okay.

Select Submit if it is the paper you wish to submit.

 You will see the following statement if the paper was submitted okay:


Paper Submitted

Your paper will have been submitted.


The Forum assignments will allow you to respond to case studies. They will also afford me an opportunity to evaluate your work and progress in the course. As an added bonus, you can read the forum postings of your classmates.

Each Forum assignment will be worth 25 points toward your grade. There will be eight Forum assignments in the course.

You may earn up to 25 points on each Forum. Grading will be done as follows:

  1. Coherent and clear response to case.

  2. Correct spelling, punctuation, and grammar.

  3. Information in the readings was referenced.

This is how to copy your document in order to place it in the Forum (Discussions area):

Write your response in Word and save the file as doc or docx. Then copy the file to your clipboard. This is how:

  1. Move the cursor to the top of your document.

  2. Click the left side of your mouse and drag the cursor to the bottom of your document.

  3. Release the mouse. The text should be shaded in black.

  4. Click the word Edit at the top of your toolbar.

  5. Select Copy. The document is now on your clipboard.

This is how to post your response for the Forum (Discussions area):

  1. Enter the Discussions.

  2. Click on the appropriate forum (example: Forum 1).

  3. Select Reply. Place your cursor in the text box.

  4. Paste your document text into the box. Your document should now appear in the text box.

  5. Select Post Reply.

Your forum is now posted.

Do NOT upload your file to the discussion area… paste the text into it. 

Rules of the Road

Course Ground Rules (Rules of the Road).

  1. We (student and instructor) will use e-mail as our primary mode of communication.

  2. We (student and instructor) will respond to e-mail messages within 24 hours (Monday - Friday).

  3. I (instructor) will do my best to grade and provide feedback on all assignments and exams within one week of the due date. In the event that I am out of town or some other unexpected problem keeps me from getting the grading done on time, I will let you know via email.

  4. Points earned or deducted from exams and assignments will be indicated.

  5. I (student) will notify you (instructor) if any assignment will be late before the due date.

  6. I (student) understand that assignments are due on time and that late work will be given no credit.

Send an e-mail with one of the following statements:

  1. I agree to these ground rules.

  2. I do not agree with these ground rules.

Be sure to include your full name in the e-mail.

Click here to send in your response:


Rules of Behavior

Discussion areas are public to every student in this class (including your instructor) who will see what you write. Please pay attention to the language you use and adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Do not post anything too personal.

  • Do not use language that is inappropriate for a classroom setting or prejudicial in regard to gender, race, or ethnicity.

  • Do not use all caps in the message box unless you are emphasizing (it is considered shouting).

  • Be courteous and respectful to other people on the list

  • Do not overuse acronyms like you would use in text messaging. Some of the list participants may not be familiar with acronyms.

  • Use line breaks and paragraphs in long responses.

  • Write your full name at the end of the posting.

  • Be careful with sarcasm and subtle humor; one person's joke is another person's insult.



I enjoy teaching. Part of the teaching process involves discussing the material contained within the readings for the course. I have always felt that the best thing a professor could do is clarify important points found within the reading (I will do this), provide additional examples (I will do this), and provide personal accounts of how the course material was applied in real life (I will do this). 

Within the Lessons for each unit, you will be provided with explanations and examples that I might give in a class setting. You should get a very good feel for my thoughts on each topic.

The transcripts will present the information I would have given to you informally and in the first and second person. My text will not be presented in a scholarly form. It is important, I believe, that my personality (good or bad) comes through to you and this is one of the few ways that I believe this goal can be accomplished. My notes are not well referenced and often, often you will not find the actual references in the course material. 

Coakley's chapters on each topic are discussed in detail. I give little discussion to the other readings found in Entine's and Eitzen's books, but you are responsible for the material. The objectives for each reading should be used to guide your reading. You will be tested only on the objectives.

Time Requirement for the Course

I believe that the course will require as much time as a "live" course would take. As a general rule you should plan to spend 12-15 hours a week on the course activities (readings, forum assignments, and exams). You may spend another 20 hours or so total (depending upon your research and writing skills) on your research project/activity. 

This is a reasonably demanding course. You must keep up with readings and complete assignments on time. All assignments have specific dates listed in the calendar (above) and in the Unit Introductions. Late work results in no credit for the assignment.

Contacting the Instructor

You may reach me by e-mail at my office at You may reach me by phone at the Office at (432) 552-2675 or by Cell (432) 553-5662. My FAX is (432) 552-3675.

Pronounce Aicinena

My name is of Spanish Basque origin (mountains between France and Spain). It is pronounced: Ice a knee na (soft vowel sounds with the a's).

What Do I Do Now?

Click on the HOME button. Select Start Here.  


Disclaimer & Rights

Information contained in this syllabus was to the best knowledge of the instructor considered correct and complete when distributed for use in the beginning of the semester. However, the instructor reserves the right, acting within the policies and procedures of UTPB to make changes in the course content or instructional techniques without notice or obligation. The students will be informed about the changes, if any. 


Course Calendar 

Following is a listing of what needs to be done and dates the completion of the tasks is required: 

Complete Practice Exam 1/20 

Complete Intro Unit 1/27 


Unit 1

Lesson 1 and Lesson 2 

Forum 1 


Lesson 3 and Lesson 4 

Forum 2 


Complete Objective Exam 


Complete Essay Exam 


Unit 2 

Lesson 1 and Lesson 2 

Forum 3 


Lesson 3 and Lesson 4 

Forum 4 


Complete Objective Exam 


Complete Essay Exam 


Unit 3 

Lesson 1 and Lesson 2 

Forum 5 


Lesson 3 

Forum 6 


Complete Objective Exam 


Complete Essay Exam 


Unit 4 

Lesson 1 and Lesson 2 

Forum 7 


Lesson 3 

Forum 8 


Complete Objective Exam  


Complete Essay Exam 


Research Assignment 


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