Module details for 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.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 13
Tutorial/Seminar 26
Practical Activity 0
Assessment 50
Independent 111
Total 200

Guidance notes

SCQF Level - The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

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.


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