This activity can be used for both a sociology and psychology class.
I include a powerpoint about the Penn State Scandal and how that it describes a "taboo" subject in American Culture. I show clips of what happend, who was involved, and what the Sanctions were given by the public, university, and the NCAA.
I include a few assignments. One is a "pre"view assignment that students are given to see what they know or could research. Then they view given clips in powerpoint.
Following discussion I provide a place where students describe the "Fate of Penn State" and look into how the University will recover. As a follow up assessment, a classroom favorite was always the activity where they create another cover for Sports Illustrated Magazine. The one I provide is the actual cover, but its been disputed as unfair. (I provide the excerpt from an article)
Students have to come up with a new and appropriate cover. To help the variety of responses, I assign categories: viewpoints of NCAA, athletes, student community, and sexual abuse victims. This can be done on 8.5x11 paper or chart.
Psychology can look at this from a taboo subject and analyzing abnormal behavior. Students can discuss the topic and why people engage in this behavior. Also, it can be discussed why the university never came forward with information. It always stirs up debate.
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