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Undergraduate Course: Sport and Society 1 (SPRT08017)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education and Sport CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryThis course examines sport and society drawing from a number of social scientific traditions. Whilst its primary focus is on British sport, it does facilitate international and comparative accounts of sport to be considered.
Course description 1. Sport in the ancient world
2. The development of modern sport
3. The codification and institutionalisation of sport
4. The evolution of sport governing bodies at local, national, and global levels
5. Sport and sociological theories
6. Sport and social institutions
7. Sport and globalisation
8. Sport and social identities (gender, race, social class, and nation)

This course examines sport and society drawing from a number of social scientific traditions. Its main focus is on British society but considers sport and British society in comparative global terms too. In semester one, the course examines the historical development of sport, the codification of sport, the development of local, national and international organisations and sports developments throughout the UK. This considers the role of government, local government, voluntary and private agencies in policy-making, facilitation and the delivery of sport in contemporary societies. The second half of the course considers the application of sociological theories to contemporary sport. This section of the course investigates the recent social changes which affect the ways in which sporting activities are organised, practised, and consumed. The course also looks at various social identities and how they are constructed and contested through sport.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements This course is not running in 2022-23. Students on resits only.
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  0
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Lecture Hours 44, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 348 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Feedback Students will receive written and verbal feedback and are encouraged to seek individual tutorial feedback guidance after reflecting on their written feedback.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand the historical development and codification of modern sport in the UK
  2. Identify the policymakers, facilitators and deliverers of modern sport in contemporary Britain
  3. Understand the complexity of the social significance of sport using the concepts of class, gender, race and nation
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of sports participation patterns and the reasons for them
  5. Evaluate the impact on sports participation of factors such as access issues, mediatisation and the increasing commercialisation and globalisation of sports
Reading List
Cashmore, E., (2001) Making Sense of Sport (4th Ed.), London: Routledge.
Coakley, J. & Pike, E. (2009). Sport in Society: Issues and Controversies. Maidenhead: McGrawHill.
Holt, R. (1989) Sport and the British: A Modern History. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Horne, J.; Tomlinson, A. Whannel, G. & Woodward, K. (2013) Understanding Sport: A Socio-Cultural Analysis (second edition). London: Routledge.
Molnar, G. and Kelly, J. (2013) Sport, Exercise and Social Theory: An Introduction. London: Routledge.
Morgan, W.J. (2006) Why Sports Morally Matter. London: Routledge.
Polley, M. (1998). Moving the Goalposts: A History of Sport and Society since 1945. London: Routledge. pp. 12-34
Scambler, G. (2005). Sport and Society: History, Power and Culture. Maidenhead: Open University Press.

Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Self-organisation and time management
Essay writing and referencing
Exam based skills
Research skills
Additional Class Delivery Information Weekly sessions will usually consist of a lead lecture and a small group seminar.
Keywordssport Society
Course organiserDr Matthew McDowell
Tel: (0131 6)51 6598
Course secretaryMiss Rosie Roberts
Tel: (0131 6)516 210
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