An undergraduate course in the School of Kinesiology is providing students at Western with an international learning experience, without ever having to leave campus.
Offered during the fall semester, the course – International Sport Management – is led by professor Karen Danylchuk and partners with the Johan Cruyff Institute in Amsterdam and St. John’s University in New York. In an online learning environment, the course connects all three institutions and allows students to learn from and alongside faculty members and students from other universities.
Since its inception in 2003, the course has helped students develop an international perspective on sport management through detailed case studies that present topics and issues with global relevance. The cases, presented by faculty members at all three institutions, have students working in groups with classmates from the partner universities to analyze issues relating to sport management in local and global contexts. This collaboration gives students an opportunity to share their experiences and exchange ideas.
As part of this course, nine students, including several national team athletes, and two professors from the Johan Cruyff Institute will be visiting Western from Nov. 5-10, 2013. The group, along with Western students, will participate in a variety of learning exercises, including lectures, discussions and trips to amateur and professional sporting events, all aimed at developing a greater understanding of sport from an international viewpoint. This visit comes on the heels of a 2011 visit by Western students to The Netherlands.