Strategic Development in Sport | Abertay University

Strategic Development in Sport


This module explores the way sport can be used to address social issues, some of the problems with this approach, and how these issues can be overcome, providing students with a theoretical and practical toolkit for sport development work.


The module aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills to design, manage and deliver sport for development projects.

Learning Outcomes

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

1.  Sport for development Students will learn about empowering approaches approach to development work, how they apply to sport and how they can be used in a range of contexts.

2.  Managing empowerment Students will explore the problematic imbalances of power inherent in sport development work and strategies to empower participants

3.  Capitalism, inequality and sport Students will examine the paradox of apparently socially progressive sport for development projects upholding a system of oppression

4.  Liberating Education and sport development Students will learn about critical consciousness, liberating education and how these concepts can be applied in a sport development context

Indicative Content

1 Community development

Introduce a community development approach to sport delivery

2 Ideologies of sport for development

Explore the political ideologies associated with sport development work

3 Community Practice

Understand the community practice approach to sporting provision

4 Sport and urban regeneration

Explore the use of sport as a tool of urban development

5 Sport for development and peace

Explore the use of sport as a tool of international development

7 Sport, globalisation and development

Explore recent changes in societies and their implications for sport and development

8 Sport, capitalism and inequality

Explore the links between sport, capitalism and inequality

9 Liberating education and critical consciousness

Understand the notion of liberating education and how it can be applied to sport development work

10 The politics of development

Explore the political nature of development work and the utility of social movements for development

10 The politics of development

Explore the political nature of development work and the utility of social movements for development

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 12
Tutorial/Seminar 13
Supervised Practical Activity 0
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 80
Independent 95

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.