Physical Activity and Health Promotion


This module introduces the student to health issues high on the policy agenda and the ways in which participation in physical activity can be and is promoted as a way of addressing these issues.


The aim of this Module is to provide the students with an understanding of the complexities of health promotion and the potential for participation in physical activity to both alleviate and exacerbate contemporary health issues.

Learning Outcomes

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

1.  Demonstrate a critical understanding of the concept of health and health promotion.

2.  Critically discuss the importance of promoting physical activity in contemporary society.

3.  Explain how health promotion interventions may often exacerbate existing health inequalities.

4.  Appraise a physical activity intervention in relation to its potential impact on health inequalities.

Indicative Content

1 Defining Health

Students will understand the different ways in which health can and will be defined

2 Complexity of health promotion in contemporary Society

Students will explore the ways in which health promotion has the potential to both reduce and exacerbate existing social inequalities

3 Physical activity, its determinants and importance for health promotion

Students will develop a critical understanding of what factors influence physical activity and its fundamental role in health promotion

4 Critical Engagement with the Obesity ‘Epidemic’

Students will develop a critical understanding of why obesity is prioritised on the health policy agenda

5 Health promotion, physical activity and the environment

Students will explore the environmental factors that influence the promotion of health and physical activity participation

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 13
Tutorial/Seminar 13
Supervised Practical Activity 0
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 40
Independent 134

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 2019/10 , and may be subject to change for future years.