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Undergraduate Course: Social Policy, Sport and Recreation Management 3 (SPRT10004)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education and Sport CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course will provide students with an introduction to general theories of social policy and critically assess their relevance to the understanding of national and local government policies for sport. It will provide an understanding of the development and current pattern of national, regional and local government sport and recreation institutions. Indicative content will include an examination of the importance of socio-economic conditions to an understanding of changing rationales for public involvement in the provision of sport and recreation, the role of political ideologies and current policy concerns. It will also involve an international comparative approach.
Course description The course critically examines key debates within the contemporary politics of sports policy, both in the UK and internationally. In addition to examining the changing nature of the politics of sport, it also requires students to reflect upon what the study of sport tells us about contemporary politics. Issues examined on the course include:
The politics of anti-doping policy in sport;
The politics of sport stadium protests;
The politics of sport for international development;
The politics of sport and regeneration programmes;
The changing governance of national governing bodies of sport;
Sport and soft power;
The politics of sport in a devolved Scotland;
Political ideology and sports policy.

The course has a programme of one-hour weekly lectures with a supporting programme of two-hour seminars held in small groups. The course handbook indicates relevant readings for each seminar
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Available only to Sociology students at Honours level otherwise students must be enrolled on BSc Sport and Recreation Management programme UTSPRMG
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  0
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 22, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 152 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) A 3000 word essay and 15 minute individual presentation (presentation will either be in-person or online, to be confirmed)
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Critically assess the relevance of political ideology for an informed understanding of sport policy
  2. Appreciate the relationship between socioeconomic and cultural factors and contemporary sport policy
  3. Critically assess what the study of sport tells us about the nature of contemporary politics
  4. Examine the role of global institutions and processes in current sport policy
  5. Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of sport policies in the UK and internationally
Reading List
Bloyce, D. & Smith, A. (2010) Sport Policy and Development: An Introduction. London: Routledge. Bristol: Policy Press.
Coalter, F. (2007) Sport A Wider Social Role? London: Routledge.
Collins, M. (2010) Examining Sports Development. London: Routledge.
Green, M. & Houlihan, B. (2005) Elite Sport Development London: Routledge.
Girginov, V (ed) Management of Sports Development. Oxford: Elsevier.
Groeneveld, M., Houlihan, B., & Ohl, F. (2010) Social Capital and Sport Governance in Europe. London: Routledge.
Henry, I. (2001) The Politics of Leisure Policy (2nd ed) London: Palgrave.
Henry, I. (ed) (2009) Transnational and Comparative Research in Sport: Globalisation, Governance and Sports Policy. London: Routledge.
Houlihan, B. & Green, M. (2007) Comparative Elite Sport Development: Systems, Structures and Public Policy Oxford: Elsevier.
Houlihan, B. & Green, M. (2010) Routledge Handbook of Sports Development. London: Routledge.
Houlihan, B. & Lindsey, I. (2010) Sports Policy in Britain. London: Routledge.
Houlihan, B. & White, A. (2002) The Politics of Sports Development London: Routledge.
Hylton, K. & Bramham, P. (ed (2008) Sports Development: Policy, Process and Practice London: Routledge.
King, N. (2009) Sport Policy and Governance: Local Perspectives. Oxford: Butterworth Heinemann.
Nicholson, M., Hoye, R., & Houlihan, B. (2010) Participation in Sport: International Policy Perspectives. London: Routledge.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements Outside students interested in taking this course should contact the course organiser before enrolling on it.
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Gavin Reid
Tel: (0131 6)51 6654
Course secretaryMiss Rosie Roberts
Tel: (0131 6)516 210
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