SP3013 - Contemporary Issues in Sport

What will I learn on this module?

This module is designed for you to explore contemporary and relevant issues that exist in today’s sporting domains. You will be taught about pertinent issues using a multi-disciplinary, case study approach. Therefore, each issue will be examined from various discipline perspectives (i.e., from a sport coaching, sport management, and/or a sport science perspective) allowing you to understand the complex nature of sport and consider issues using multiple lenses. This module will also develop your awareness and understanding of how sport continually develops and evolves over time.

How will I learn on this module?

The taught content will be delivered and provided in a variety of formats, and you will be able to access materials on the eLP module site. The module is taught via lectures where we will consider theory and research findings on contemporary issues in sport.
There will be the opportunity to work in smaller groups in seminars and workshops with discipline specific members of staff who will facilitate context driven discussion and learning. Tutorials will be used for drop-in sessions to support your practical learning and there will be specific seminars and tutorials to guide your assessment.
You will also be set independent tasks informed by key literature to complete outside of class time to further develop your understanding of the taught content.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Module information, assessment requirements and expectations, and important module announcements will be made through the eLP. Material to support your learning will be uploaded in advance of sessions. You will be provided with content verbally and guided through tasks during timetabled sessions. A dedicated assessment session will afford you the opportunity to ask assessment related questions in class. The Module Leader is there to support you with any queries that you may have about the module content, and all staff members provide tutorial time outside of class time. Module tutors will provide you with the necessary information on how to arrange a tutorial. You will have the opportunity to receive formative feedback on your development during the module, and you will receive feedback on summative work to help you identify areas of strength and areas for development. There will be the opportunity to discuss your feedback with a member of staff during a tutorial. There are also further academic skills support available from the University Library services where you can gain access to study skills / academic writing and support materials, as well as links to booking both on and off campus study skills sessions.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:

1. Be able to understand multi-disciplinary and contemporary issues underpinning sport.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

2. Be able to demonstrate logical thinking and present suitable evidence to discuss issues in a multi-disciplinary manner.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

3. Show awareness of current issues and the changing nature of sport in society

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed via a case study essay (1500 words) (100%, MLO’s 1, 2, 3).

Formative assessment and oral feedback will be provided throughout the module. You will be provided with opportunities in seminars and workshops to get feedback on elements of your work.

The case study will be submitted electronically. You will receive written or audio feedback on your summative assessment to help you identify areas of strength and areas for development. There will be the opportunity to discuss your feedback with a member of staff during a tutorial.





Module abstract

This module allows you to discuss contemporary issues that athletes, sport coaches, sport science practitioners, and/or sport managers are experiencing in today’s sporting environments. You will be given the opportunity to explore topics in a multi-disciplinary manner, meaning that you will look at an issue from different perspectives in order to understand the complex nature of sport. This module will allow you to understand the multi-disciplinary nature in which sport operates and will introduce topics that will feature on our undergraduate programmes, providing insight in order for you to make an informed decision about your degree pathway.

Course info

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 1 year Full Time followed by a further 3 years full-time study

Department Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2024 or September 2025

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