Social Science for Sport & Exercise | Abertay University

Social Science for Sport & Exercise


This module introduces the student to social issues in sport and exercise contexts.


The aim of this module is to provide the students with an understanding of key social issues in sport and exercise contexts.

Learning Outcomes

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

1.  Identify disciplines within the study of sport and exercise that are associated with the social sciences.

2.  Describe the social sciences disciplines in sport and exercise.

3.  Demonstrate a basic understanding of key social issues in sport and exercise.

4.  Demonstrate a basic understanding of methodologies associated with social sciences disciplines in sport and exercise.

5.  Apply wider social issues to case study examples within sport and exercise contexts.

Indicative Content

1 Recognising and defining the disciplines within social science

Students will explore the major disciplines within social science in the context of sport and exercise (e.g., sociology of sport, sport development, sport history)

2 Discrimination in sport

Students will explore sources of discrimination in sport and exercise contexts (e.g., gender, class, ethnicity, LGBTI).

3 Sport Political Ideology

Students will learn how political systems impact upon and use sport.

4 Ethics and sport

Students will learn about moral and ethical issues in sport and exercise. This contexts provide a unique environment for moral and ethical issues.

5 Qualitative methodologies

Students will be introduced to qualitative research and how this type of research has developed our understanding of sport and exercise.

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Teaching and learning strategies will focus on developing students’ skills in accordance with Abertay graduate attributes. The core content of the module will be delivered in lectures, with tutorials to support students’ learning. Tutorials will encourage discussion and application of the content. Students should also engage in tutor−directed tasks and self− directed learning activities (e.g. reading key texts and journal articles) to be completed outside of class time which will facilitate learning and assessment. Assessment will require students to demonstrate an understanding of the content delivered and wider reading around the subject area. The mode of assessment will be in a format appropriate to social science disciplines in sport and exercise and Abertay graduate attributes.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 11
Tutorial/Seminar 17
Supervised Practical Activity 0
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 50
Independent 122

Guidance notes

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2018/19 , and may be subject to change for future years.