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Postgraduate Course: Sport Policy (EDUA11301)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course provides students with a critical understanding of the role of national and transnational governments and state organisations in shaping the direction of sports policy in the UK and globally. It critically reflects upon why governments intervene in sport and questions the often 'common sense' assumptions surrounding these interventions. It shows the complexities of sport policy processes and how changing government priorities are influencing sports development practice. It uses detailed case studies to explore the influence of politics in contemporary sport policy, highlighting the often deeply-held and competing visions of sports development struggling for intellectual dominance within communities. The course examines global versus local tensions within local government sports policy, and requires students to think about the potential role of, and limits to, sport policy in addressing local social and economic problems. It discusses the contribution of macro and meso level theoretical frameworks to a more informed appreciation of sports policy.
Course description Historical development of state intervention in sport policy
Role of political ideologies in shaping sport policy
The politics of mega sport events
Sport and local government: delivering community sports development
Comparing and explaining sport policies across the globe
The impact of government policy of physical education and school sport policy
The politics of sport governance: national governing bodies and sports clubs
The role of sport and physical activity in the health agenda
The politics of the sport for international development movement
The politics of sport stadium developments
Comparing the contribution of meso and macro policy theories to sport policy analysis

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Course Start Date 15/01/2018
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 196 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Equivalent to 4000 words
Task 1 (30%) Group project (individual) 15 minute presentation (equivalent to 1000 words) on a community sport initiative this will examine how it links to CSD practice, the importance of partnerships, funding issues, and approach to evaluation.
Task 2 (70%) Written essay (3000 words)
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. A critical awareness of the changing role and philosophies of local and national governments in the development of sport policy
  2. A critical appreciation of the role of local, national and global politics in sport policy
  3. An awareness of how changing governance arrangements for sport are influencing sports policy and management
  4. An understanding of how governments and sport providers are attempting to deliver more socially inclusive sport
  5. A critical appreciation of the role of sport in contemporary social policy agendas
Reading List
Key texts:
Blackshaw, T. & Crabbe, T. (2004) New Perspectives of Sport and Deviance: Consumption, Performativity and Social Control. London: Routledge.
Coalter, F. (2007) Sport: A Wider Social Role: Who's Keeping the Score. London: Routledge.
Coalter, F. (2012) Game Plan and The Spirit Level: the class ceiling and the limits of sports policy? International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics, 1-17
Bloyce, D. & Smith, A. (2009) Sport Policy and Development: An Introduction. London: Routledge.
Charlton, T. (2010) Grow and sustain: the role of community sports provision in promoting a participation legacy from the London 2012 Olympic Games. International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics. 2 (3) 347-366.
Collins, M. (2010) Examining Sports Development. Oxon: Routledge.
Collins, M. (2010) From 'sport for good' to 'sport for sport's sake' - not a good move for sport development in England? International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics, 2 (3) 367-380.
Green, M. & Houlihan, B. (2005) Elite Sport Development. London: Routledge.
Groeneveld, M., Houlihan, B., and Ohl, F. (2010) Social Capital and Sport Governance in Europe. London: Routledge.
Girginov, V. (2008) The Management of Sports Development. London: Routledge.
Henry, I. (ed) (2009) Transnational and Comparative Research in Sport: Globalisation, Governance and Sports Policy. London: Routledge.
Hayes, G. & Horne, J. (2011) Sustainable development, shock and awe?: London 2012 and civil society. Sociology, 45 (5) 749-764.
Houlihan, B. & Green, M. (2010) Routledge Handbook of Sports Development. 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.
King, N. (2009) Sport Policy and Governance: Local Perspectives. Oxford: Butterworth Heinemann.
Macrury, I. & Poynter, G. (2008) The Regeneration Games: Commodities, Gifts and the Economics of London 2012, International Journal of the History of Sport, 25 (4) 2072-2090.
Nichols, G. (2007) Sport and Crime Reduction: The Role of Sports in Tackling Youth Crime. London: Routledge.
Nicholson, M., Hoye, R., & Houlihan, B. (eds) (2010) Participation in Sport: International Policy Perspectives. London: Routledge.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Course organiserDr Gavin Reid
Tel: (0131 6)51 6654
Course secretaryMs Caroline Grevers
Tel: (0131 6 )51 1196
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