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Undergraduate Course: Sociology of Sport 3 (SPRT10046)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis core course introduces students in their entry honours year to more specific sociological theories used in the analysis of sport, enabling students to progress into final honours year. The social and historical issues surrounding sport are theoretically analysed from a range of sociological perspectives. The development of modern sport alongside the emergence of industrial and post-industrial society is discussed. The course will evaluate relevant theoretical approaches in relation to sport.
Course description The early weeks focus on the transformation of folk games to modern sport in the context of the Industrialisation Revolution, with specific reference to the dual processes of urbanisation and industrialization. This allows students to contextualise the conditions in which social stratification emerged and to locate the significance of sport in affecting and being affected by these processes. Thus, students are expected to consider sport and wider elements of society as inter-related rather than mutually exclusive. Specifically, students consider the historical influences that Muscular Christianity, Rational Recreation and Amateurism had (and continue to have) on the development of sport in the UK and beyond. Various layers of stratification are interrogated, including class, ethnicity, citizenship and gender. The specific sociological perspectives applied to sport include Functionalist, Marxist, Feminist, Figurationalist and Interactionist. The appropriate methodological issues pertinent to this type of research is embedded throughout the course and students will be encouraged to continually critically reflect on the authenticity and trustworthiness of their and others' work.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Available to Sociology students at Honours level
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  48
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) Essay (15-20 minute presentation) 30%
Essay (3,000 words) 70%
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
1. Use conceptual language of sociologists to examine sport in social contexts.
2. Critically apply these concepts to the analysis of sport in social contexts.
3. Critically assess the various theoretical perspectives applied to the study of sport.
4. Understand and be able to explain methodological aspects of the sociological analysis of sport.
5. Present examples of sporting case studies within a sociological analysis.
Reading List
The references below represent a small selection of relevant readings - Each weekly session/s will be supplemented with a selection of readings from some of the major journals in the field, including Sociology of Sport Journal, Journal of Sport and Social Issues, International Review for the Sociology of Sport, Sport & Society and Leisure Studies.

Bairner, A. (2006) "The Flaneur and the City: Reading the 'New' Belfast's Leisure Spaces." Space and Polity 10, (2): 121-134.
Coakley, J. (2010) Sport in Society: Issues and Controversies. 10th Edition. Boston, MA: McGraw-Hill
Falcous, M. and Silk, M. (2005) Manufacturing consent: Mediated sporting spectacle and the cultural politics of the "War on Terror." International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics, 1, 59-65.
Giulianotti, R. & Robertson, R. (2004) 'The globalization of football'. The British Journal of Sociology Volume 55, 4, pp. 545 - 568
Giulianotti, R. (2005) Sport: A Critical Sociology. Cambridge: Polity
Giulianotti, R. (ed.) (2004) Sport and Modern Social Theorists. London: Palgrave
Horne, J., Tomlinson, A. & Whannel, G. (1999) Understanding Sport. London: Spon.
Houlihan, B. (ed.) (2008) Sport & Society, Second Edition, London: Sage
Jarvie, G. (2006) Sport, Culture and Society. London: Routledge.
Kelly, J. (2007) Hibernian Football Club: The Forgotten Irish? Sport in Society, 10 (3) pp.514-536.
Kelly, J. (2013) Sport, Popular Culture and the Hero-fication of British Militarism. Sociology.
Kelly, J. and Molnar, G. (2013) Sport, Exercise and Social Theory: An Introduction. London: Routledge.
Morgan, W.J. (2006) Why Sports Morally Matter. London: Routledge.
Scherer, J. and Koch, J. (2010) Living with war: Sport, citizenship and the cultural politics of post-9/11 Canadian identity. Sociology of Sport Journal, 27, 1-29.
Smith, E. (ed.) (2010) Sociology of Sport and Social Theory. Leeds: Human Kinetics.

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Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsSociology Sport
Course organiserDr John Kelly
Course secretaryMrs Stephanie Scullion
Tel: (0131 6)651 6381
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