Wednesday, June 19, 2013

New course covers economics of sports

jadrian wooten

A new WSU Global Campus online course uses sports to explain economic theory.

EconS 321, Economics of Sports in America, examines such topics as salaries, sponsorships and ticket sales, said instructor Jadrian Wooten, above. “Students will learn how the laws of supply and demand have changed sports,” he said, “and how to make sports management decisions based on economic principles.”

Although it’s a 300-level course, he said, the only prerequisite is EconS 101, making it accessible to students in a wide variety of fields.

Wooten is creating the course for fall 2013 in conjunction with Global Campus instructional designer Charmaine Wellington. “Economics can seem abstract,” Wellington said. “This course uses sports to make it a grounded, relevant, immediately observable thing.”

Demand was high for the on-campus version of the course, Wooten said, and enrollment was eventually capped at 120. The online version has a limit of 50, he said, and is expected to fill up fast.

Along with teaching online, Wooten maintains his own website, which includes research topics, a blog, and a page with course documents and student comments.

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