SP3004 - The Evolution of Sport

What will I learn on this module?

This module is designed for you to explore the origins of modern sports where you will plot how a range of sports have emerged and developed over time. You will examine the changes that have occurred in sports and consider why and how this occurred. Within the module you will investigate and participate in sports that may not be familiar to you and are not mainstream. You will then consider the origins of these sports and how and why they began, and, how they have become what they are today. To do this you will examine how sports have become globalised and commercialised and how fanbases develop. You will also consider the wider global appeal of these sports.

How will I learn on this module?

Your learning will be a combination of lectures and practical activities/workshops. Learning and teaching approaches may be via discussion, debate, role-play and practical demonstration. Your tutor will further engage your learning with short tasks that may be undertaken in small groups such as reading tasks and reflections from research (media, documentaries). You will engage in tutor directed learning to read core supporting texts in your own independent learning to understand more about the development of sports.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

The module teaching team will provide you with support in lectures, practicals/workshops and via personal one-to-one tutorials. You will be able to access teaching materials online via the ELP to help you to prepare for sessions. This site also contains the reading list for the module, a discussion board where you can ask questions and other supportive teaching materials.
The lectures and practicals/workshops will provide you with weekly opportunities for direct and interactive formative feedback on your progress and understanding. You will be able to engage in small group discussions with peers and you will be able to ask questions regarding the assessment during contact time. Formative assessment may take place in the form of question and answer sessions, role play tasks and a specific practice presentation opportunity. Staff are also available outside of formal teaching sessions on a sign up basis; staff contact details are made available to you on the ELP.

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?

By the end of this module you should be able to:

Knowledge & Understanding:
LO1 - Show an understanding of the processes involved in the development of sports
LO2 - Demonstrate an appreciation of the applicability of certain social processes to the development of sports

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
LO3 - Demonstrate interpersonal and practical skills
LO4 - Show confidence in written communication

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
LO5 – Show an awareness of the global development of sport and the associated key processes

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed via a written portfolio (100%, LO 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5)

Formative assessment and feedback on essay-writing skills will be provided to build confidence in your writing skills. This will likely take place in taught time where draft plans can be discussed and evaluated.

The feedback on the summative essay assessment will be provided through an assessment rubric with a key strength and weakness highlighted in summary text on the ELP site blackboard.





Module abstract

This module is designed for you to explore the origins of modern sports where you will plot how a range of sports have emerged and developed over time. For example, when did they begin and why? Who was involved in this process? How have these sports altered since their beginnings? How has the sport grown and how have the patterns of participation changed? You will be given opportunities to examine sports that may be less familiar to you. For example, sports that are non-mainstream though have significant fan following and global appeal. You will also examine how sports become commercialised, globalised, codified and rationalised. You will be provided with opportunities to practically engage in some of the sports you will learn about in the module. This kind of knowledge and understanding can be fundamental to informed policy formation, strategic management and decision-making for teachers, sport development officers and managers, sport coaches and the like.

Course info

UCAS Code C6N9

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 1 year full-time followed by a further 3 years full-time study or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad
1 other options available

Department Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2022

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