Social Issues in Sporting Contexts | Abertay University

Social Issues in Sporting Contexts


This module explores contemporary issues in sport and exercise contexts.


The aim of this Module is to develop students’ awareness and understanding of contemporary issues in sport and society.

Learning Outcomes

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

1.  Identify and provide examples of contemporary social issues in sport and society.

2.  Demonstrate historical and/or comparative sensitivities within contemporary issues in sport and society.

3.  Critically examine sport culture through the application of social theory and empirical research.

4.  Apply knowledge of contemporary issues in sport to ‘real world’ scenarios for future development

Indicative Content

1 Social theory

Students will learn key aspects of social theory that can be/ have been used to explain phenomena in sport and exercise.

2 Sport and Inequality

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

3 Sport and Politics

Students will explore various political systems and ideologies and have the have and/or still utilise sport as a vehicle of social control.

4 Ethics and sport

Students will learn about moral and ethical issues in sport and exercise (e.g., child protection in sporting contexts). These contexts provide a unique environment for moral and ethical issues.

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 22
Supervised Practical Activity 0
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 40
Independent 127

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.