Social Science of Physical Activity and Health | Abertay University

Social Science of Physical Activity and Health


This module introduces the student to social issues in physical activity and health contexts.


The aim of this Module is to provide the student with an understanding of key social issues in physical activity and health contexts.

Learning Outcomes

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

1.  Identify and describe disciplines within the study of physical activity and health that are associated with the social sciences.

2.  Demonstrate a basic understanding of key issues in physical activity and health.

3.  Identify key structures and governing bodies/policies associated with health and physical activity.

4.  Demonstrate a basic understanding of methodologies associated with physical activity and health and what they help us to learn/explain.

Indicative Content

1 Interdisciplinary nature of social sciences

Students will explore the ways in which various disciplines within social science help us to understand and explain issues relating to physical activity and health (e.g., sociology of sport, sociology of health and illness, epidemiology, sport development, sport history)

2 Critically engage with the notion of ‘healthy’ lifestyles

Students will question the construction of ‘healthy’ living

3 Research topics within the social sciences

Students will make connections between the approaches/findings of physical activity and health research and how these inform debates around agency− structure

4 Political Ideology and Social Inequalities

Students will question the ways in which health and physical activity participation are framed by political ideologies and consider how and why this influences social inequalities

5 Qualitative methodologies

Students will be introduced to qualitative research and how it has developed our understanding of physical activity and health.

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 physical activity and health 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 2017/18 , and may be subject to change for future years.