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Undergraduate Course: Critical Sociological Analyses of Sport (SPRT10059)

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
SummaryFrom Black Lives Matter and Trans Rights to (dis)ability and climate change, a broad range of global issues involving power have witnessed sport playing a central role. This course advances and extends the Year 1 Sport and Society course. Students engage in sociologically-based critiques of power in a broad range of sport case studies and examples.
Course description Global and local Issues surrounding sport are theoretically analysed from a range of sociological perspectives. In addition to extending the Year 1 'Sport and Society' course it bridges the level 10 'Sport in Global Context' and 'Sport, Media & Ideology' courses, allowing students to broaden the scope of their socio-cultural knowledge and its application to sports management settings. The focus of this course is to further develop the critical sociological imagination of students in relation to sport and society. We look at underlying assumptions (or meta-theories) about society and consider different approaches for doing research on sport in social contexts. The course has a number of overarching themes further broken down into case studies and/or minor themes and lectures are theoretically underpinned. Each week's session includes a lecture supplemented by debating point/s and/or case study/ies and links to discuss further. This should help connect theory and practice in real life.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Use conceptual language of sociologists to examine sport in society
  2. Critically apply these concepts to the analysis of sport in society.
  3. Critically apply theoretical perspectives to the study of sport in society
  4. Understand and utilise appropriate methodological approaches to the critical sociological analysis of sport
Reading List
International Review for the Sociology of Sport Journal. Numerous Articles.
Bairner, A., Kelly, J. & Lee, J. L. (2018) Routledge Handbook of Sport and Politics. London: Routledge.
Hargreaves, J. E. (1986) Sport, Power and Culture, Cambridge: Polity
Molnar, G. and Kelly, J. (2013) Sport, Exercise and Social Theory: An Introduction. London: Routledge.
Sugden, J. & Tomlinson, A. (eds.) (2002) Power Games. London: Routledge
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Research and enquiry: Critical thinking, information retrieval, data organisation and analysis.
Personal and Intellectual Autonomy: independent study, self-reflection and positionality.
Communication: oral communication, written communication.
Course organiserDr John Kelly
Tel: (0131 6)51 6642
Course secretaryMrs Alta Mene
Tel: (0131 6)51 6381
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