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IDC4U Interdisciplinary Studies: The Elite Athlete – Grade 12 (University)

  • Grade 12

PREREQUISITE: any university or university/college preparation course

GRADE: 12 (University)

AVAILABILITY: Blyth Academy Online

THE ONTARIO CURRICULUMInterdisciplinary Studies

CREDIT CROSSOVER: Although Interdisciplinary Studies (IDC4U) courses focus on different subject matter, the IDC4U course code can only count as one credit on a student’s transcript, even if multiple IDC4U courses are taken. For example, a student that has completed IDC4U – Artificial Intelligence and IDC4U – The Elite Athlete will only earn one credit in total on their final transcript. Each IDC4U course (along with the final grade) will show, however, a credit value of zero will be applied to the second IDC4U course. This also applies to students using IDC4U as one of their top six marks when applying to university; one only IDC4U course may be used as an achieved credit out of the six.

Course Overview

IDC4U The Elite Athlete is designed for students who will pursue their athletic goals after secondary school, be it inter-collegiate sports, provincial, national, or international competition. Students will explore topics such as Managing Social Media, Sports Journalism & Strategic Athletic Marketing, Ethics for Elite Athletes, Leadership, Building and Maintaining Financial Security, and Time Management. In IDC4U The Elite Athlete, students will uncover and apply areas of interest to elite athletes in all of these areas.

Managing Social Media

Essential Question: What are ways that an elite athlete can leverage social media for their personal brand?

In this unit, students will be provided with an opportunity to explore the use of Social Media for elite athletes, including the history, appropriate uses, and the benefits and dangers of using Social Media as an elite athlete. There are a variety of learning materials including module lessons, visual aids, video, and interactive learning. Activity tasks will include Assignments, Discussion Forums, Quizzes, and Surveys which will be graded and returned to students with feedback. This is designed to enhance students learning experience in an effective and efficient manner that promotes further learning.

Sports Journalism

Essential Question: What are the trends in sports journalism, and how can the elite athlete be aware of the media spotlight?

In this unit, students will have the opportunity to explore the Evolution of Sports Journalism and Mass Media & Sports Journalism. Students will learn about sports reporting and writing, as well as the internet, social media and athlete journalism. Students will also analyze the future of Sports Reporting.

Ethics for Elite Athletes

Essential Question: What are ethical considerations to be aware of as an elite athlete?

In this unit, students will be introduced to ethics and a variety of different ethical theories introduced by different philosophers. Students will learn how ethics plays a role in sports as well as the different ethical/moral theories relating to sport.

Building and Maintaining Financial Security

Essential Question: How can athletes properly plan for financial lifestyle during and after their athletic career?

In this unit, students will be introduced to Financial Security and financial planning for Elite Athletes. Students will learn successful budgeting techniques and the basics of investments and endorsements. Students will also learn how to plan for retirement.

Time Management

Essential Question: What are time management techniques that can help the elite athlete be efficient, yet focus on their sport?

In this unit, students will explore time management skills and tips as well as the core principles of time management. Students will examine strategies to enhance personal time management skills and gain awareness of available time management tools.


Essential Question: What are leadership strategies that are critical to individual and team success as an elite athlete?

In this unit, students will have the opportunity to explore the essence of leadership and effective leadership skills for athletes. Students will examine defining characteristics of leadership for Elite Athletes and how athletes are professional leaders.

Please consult our Frequently Asked Questions Page or the Exam section within your course for more details on final exams and the exam fee. More information can also be found in our Student Handbook.

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