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Postgraduate Course: Sport, Society and International Development (EDUA11299)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education and Sport CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course critically assesses the extent to which sport can; reduce poverty; promote HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention; promote female empowerment; and contribute to conflict resolution and public diplomacy. Examining the interplay between theory and practice, it critically discusses how sport has contributed to various campaigns and policies designed to address deep-seated social and economic problems. The course charts the evolution of the sport and international development movement, and critically examines the power relations that lie behind common sense and functional rhetoric associated with it. It critically examines the motivations of those organisations within the Global North who often initiate sport for international development projects, and how these create competing interpretations of aid and development. The course explains these issues through key theoretical frameworks and links to the wider social, economic and political context. It also critically discusses methodological challenges faced when evaluating sport for international development interventions within a highly political context. The course promotes advocacy on a number of fronts.
Course description The evolution of the sport and international development movement
Theoretical frameworks for understanding sport and international development
Sporting mega events and creation of sustainable and socially just development
Sport and female empowerment in the Global South
Sport, poverty and international development
The politics of sport and international development
Sport and the development of civil society in the Global South
The role of sport in conflict resolution and peace in divided communities
The role of global corporations in the sport for international development movement
Evaluating sport and international development initiatives
Sport, social change and the public intellectual
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 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  93
Course Start Semester 2
Course Start Date 15/01/2024
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) 1500 word individual essay (worth 40%) Task 2
2500 word policy brief (worth 60%) Task 1
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the key factors shaping the evolution of the sport and international development movement
  2. Critically assess the role of sport in: building social capital and leadership; aiding empowerment; stimulating HIV/Aids awareness and prevention; promoting conflict resolution in divided societies; and reducing poverty in parts of the world.
  3. Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of how competing theoretical frameworks explain the realities of sport and international development.
  4. Demonstrate in-depth understanding of the role of sport in society.
  5. Critically discuss the methodological challenges facing those charged with evaluating sport and international development projects.
    Critically analyse the importance of leadership and bottom-up approaches in sport for international development initiatives.
    Demonstrate a broad appreciation of the role of sport in building social and economic capabilities.
Reading List
Key texts:

Beutler, I. (2008) Sport serving development and peace: achieving the goals of the United Nations through sport. Sport in Society, 11 (4) 359-370.
Black, D. (2010) The ambiguities of development: implications for development through sport. Sport Coalter, F. & Taylor, J. (2010) Sport-for-development impact study. Comic Relief / UK Sport.
Coalter, F. (2013) Sport for development: what game are we playing? Oxon: Routledge.
Darnell, S. (2011) Sport for development and peace: a critical sociology. Bloomsbury: USA.
Guest, A. (2009) The diffusion of development-through-sport: analysing the history and practice of the Olympic Movements grassroots outreach in Africa. Sport in Society, 12 (10) 1136-1147.
Hayhurst, L. (2009) The power to shape policy: charting sport for development and peace policy discourse. The International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics, 1 (2) 207-221.
Kay, T. (2013) Understanding sport in international development. Oxon: Routledge.
Kidd, B. (2008) A new social movement: sport for development and peace. Sport in Society, 11 (4) 370-380.
Leavermore, R. & Beacom, A. (ed) (2010) Sport and International Development. Basingstoke: Macmillan.
Sugden, J. (2006) Teaching and playing sport for conflict resolution and co-existence in Israel. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 41 (2) 221-240.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements None
Course organiserProf Grant Jarvie
Tel: (0131 6)51 6546
Course secretaryMr George Adams
Tel: (0131 6)51 6206
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