SP0478 - Sport and Social Issues

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What will I learn on this module?

Sport and Social Issues adopts a social science approach to studying sport. It should help you to become more aware of the relationship between sport and society. You may well already have a sense of when sport makes headline news, which a good starting point, but you will be introduced to other issues that may not be immediately obvious. Importantly, you will learn to look beyond what we see on the surface, and beyond what journalists highlight in the news to understand social issues related to themes such as social class, gender, race, the economy, the media, politics and violence.

How will I learn on this module?

You will develop your awareness of social issues in sport through a combination of lectures, seminar activities and self-directed study. Taught content in seminars will be largely student-led, with an emphasis placed on you discussing and engaging in reasoned debate about your own and other’s experiences and perceptions of sport. A specific topic will be outlined in advance of each seminar and lecture, with an assigned chapter in a key text that will introduce research studies and theoretical insights from the social sciences to help you examine the dynamics of events and situations facing sport practitioners from different perspectives.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be supported through directed learning worksheets, electronic and interactive content via the Electronic Learning Portal (eLP), lectures, an electronic reading list and 1-1 support from an academic tutor. You will be expected to be proactive in identifying and raising issues for discussion with the module leader and your guidance tutor in particular. These should be prompted by your reading and wider engagement with the module’s content. In addition, you will be able to take advantage of the University Library’s Skills Plus programme as you develop your skills. You will also have access to a Discussion Board (via the eLP) where support from peers and module staff can be accessed in relation to the module’s content and assessments.

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. Describe how sport is affected by wider political, economic, historic and social forces.
2. Examine a variety of contemporary issues in sport from a critical and historical perspective.


Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
3. Develop the ability to access, reference and interpret current research in the field of sport development

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
4. Develop an awareness of ethical and moral issues within a sport development context.

How will I be assessed?

1. Summative Assessment:

a. Exam: Section A, multiple-choice questions; Section B, two seen-essay questions (MLO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5).

2. Formative Assessment: includes class-based skills work with peer and tutor feedback, critical analysis (research-tutored and research-led) of appropriate case studies, generating a portfolio of evidence of the contemporary issues facing sport in the UK and in-class individual and group presentations.

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

Sport and Social Issues adopts a social science approach to studying sport. It should help you to become more aware of the relationship between sport and society. You may well already have a sense of when sport makes headline news, which is a good starting point, but you will be introduced to other issues that may not be immediately obvious. Importantly, you will learn to look beyond what we see on the surface, and beyond what journalists highlight in the news to understand social issues related to themes such as social class, gender, race, the economy, the media, politics and violence.

Course info

UCAS Code C6X1

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time

Department Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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