Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Sociology of Sport

LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DESCRIPTION Central to the understanding of sport this study-unit explores how its meanings are constructed, and how representation and interpretation are subject to negotiation and contest. The study-unit is designed to introduce students to Contemporary Sports Responsibilities, which have become increasingly significant in terms of sociological research, as they include various social aspects from everyday life.

Study-unit Aims:

The objective of the study-unit is to provide students with a theoretical background to understand principles and aspects of sport involving social class and differences, sex, age, social position, geographical location and political attitudes.The study-unit aims at exploring sport as a means of individual and collective self-expression focusing on social identities that give physical expression social value. Finally the study-unit also aims at looking at the sociological perspective of globalization; the creation of global sporting competitions, the development of information technology and the growth of a sporting goods market. Thus the political economy of sports through the commercialisation of sport and sport becoming subject to the market forces.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Analyze from a sociological perspective the responsibilities of contemporary sports in terms of globalization, gender, media, health, education, deviance, commercialisation and racism;
- Understand the relationship between the media and sport;
- Systematically understand the main interlinkages that exist between sport,sexual identity and sexual orientation;
- Understand notions or racism and ethnicity in sports;
- Explore the global entity of sport as a possible diversion of the concept of education.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Explain the main features that characterise sport dynamics with improved political and economic analytical tools;
- Theorize on Contemporary Sports and its emergence;
- Identify and critically evaluate the positions of the various societies the debate of sport.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Coakley, J. & Dunning, E. (Eds) (2012). The Handbook of Sports Studies. Routledge Publishing.
- Penney, D. & Chandler, T. (2000). Physical Education: What Future(s)? Sport, Education and Society. Brown Co. Publishers.
- Collins, T. ( 2013). Sport in Capitalist Society : A short history. Routledge Publishing.
- Barrie Houlihan (2007). Sport and Society : A student Introduction. Sage Publications.
- Grant, J. (). Sports, Culture and Society: An introduction. Routledge Publishing.
- Grant, J. & Maguire, J. (). Sport and Leisure in Social Thought. Routledge Publishing.


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Project SEM2 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Claire Lucille Azzopardi Lane

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