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Undergraduate Course: Sport and Society 1 (SPRT08017)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryThis 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.
Course description Teaching and learning will include lectures, seminars and tutorials, group work, student presentations and interactive on line tasks, including student generated material. Formative feedback will be provided when an essay plan is submitted. There will be seminar on poster presentations with guidance and feedback on ideas and practise papers for essay style answers for written exam questions in semester 2.

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)
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2014/15, Not available to visiting students (SS1) 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 50 %, Coursework 50 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Feedback Not entered
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)Sport and Society 12:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. LO1 Demonstrate a knowledge of the origins of modern sport and the development and codification of modern sport
  2. LO2 Evaluate the development of sporting bodies at local, national and global levels
  3. LO3 Demonstrate an understanding of key developments of sport within the UK
  4. LO4 Demonstrate an understanding of the complexity of the social significance of sport
  5. LO5 Critically apply the sociological concepts of class, gender, ¿race¿ and nation
    LO6 Critically evaluate the impact on sports participation of factors such as access issues, media involvement 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

¿ Group work

¿ Poster presentation

¿ Essay writing and referencing

¿ Exam based skills

¿ Research skills
Special Arrangements none
Study Abroad none
Keywordssport Society
Course organiserDr John Kelly
Course secretaryMiss Sarah Fraser
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