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Undergraduate Course: Sports Development (SPRT10012)

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
SummarySports Development is a process conceived and enacted in a particular set of social structures and sports networks. It takes place across a continuum stretching from the most basic introduction and participation level at one end, to international elite sports performance at the other. It is a process subject to policy shifts at both the national and local government level. It is provided and serviced by a variety of different agencies including those from the voluntary, commercial and public sectors. The term "sports development" is an all-embracing one which includes notions of community development, community recreation, sports-specific development and the development of sporting excellence.
Course description This course draws on academic work around the concept of 'sport for good' and 'sport and social capital' to theorise the changing nature and impact of community sport. It critically examines the role of local government in sport and the increasing part played by sport social enterprises in providing sustainable sporting opportunities. Key topics covered include:
Sport and local government
Models of community sport development
Sport and sport clubs
Sport and crime prevention
Sport and health promotion
Sport and educational attainment
Sporting legacies from major sport events
Sport in schools
Evaluating sports development
Partnerships and sports development

The course has a programme of one-hour weekly lectures with a supporting programme of two-hour seminars held in smaller tutorial groups. There is a prescribed list of required reading to prepare for the seminars, which is highlighted in the course handbook.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Student must be enrolled on BSc Sport and Recreation Management programme UTSPRMG
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students must have previously completed at least 3 Sport Science courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this) and receive permission from the Moray House School of Education to enrol. We will only consider University/College level courses.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  0
Course Start Semester 1
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) 30% Presentation
70% Essay
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an awareness of how the social context influences sports development
  2. Identify the factors influencing the process of sports development policy formulation
  3. Critically review local and national government sports development policies
  4. Critically examine the extent to which local sport development initiatives mirror differing theoretical models of sports development
  5. Identify and explore the tensions between the 'sport for good' agenda and 'sport for sport sake' agenda
Reading List
The following are key texts which will be referred to during the module:
Coalter, F. (2007) Sport: A Wider Social Role London:
Coalter, F. (2013) Sport for Development: What Game
Are we Playing? London: Routledge.
Collins, M (2010) Examining Sports Development: London: Routledge.
Girginov, V. (2008) Management of Sports Development Oxford: Butterworth-Heinemann.
Girginov, V. (2012) Handbook of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralymic Games Volume 1 Making the Games. London: Routledge.
Houlihan, B. & White, A. (2002) The Politics of Sports Development London: Routledge.
Houlihan, B. & Green, M. (2010) Routledge Handbook of Sports Development. London: Routledge.
Hoye, R. & Nicholson, N. (2008) Sport and Social Capital Oxford: Elsevier.
Hylton, K & Bramham, P. (2008) Sports Development: Policy, Process and Practice (2nd ed) London: Routledge.
Kay, T. (2013) Understanding Sport in International
Development. London: Routledge.
Nichols, G. (2007) Sport and Crime Reduction: The Role of Sports in Tackling Youth Crime London: Routledge.
Robson, S., Simpson, K. & Tucker, L. (2013) Strategic Sport Development. 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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