Undergraduate Course: Sociology of Sport 3 (SPRT10046)
|School||Moray House School of Education and Sport
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This 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.
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)
||Other requirements|| Available to Sociology students at Honours level
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 22,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Essay (15-20 minute presentation) 30%
Essay (3,000 words) 70%
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Use conceptual language of sociologists to examine sport in social contexts.
- Critically apply these concepts to the analysis of sport in social contexts.
- Critically assess the various theoretical perspectives applied to the study of sport.
- Understand and be able to explain methodological aspects of the sociological analysis of sport.
- Present examples of sporting case studies within a sociological analysis.
|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.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Irene Reid
|Course secretary||Miss Gabriella Szel
Tel: (0131 6)51 4906