Module details for Social Issues in Sport and Exercise


This module explores contemporary issues in sport and exercise, particularly those they are likely to encounter and have to navigate in their future employment.


The aim of this Module is to provide the student with : 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 issues in sport and society.

2.  Demonstrate knowledge of historical, cultural and comparative sensitivities within contemporary issues in sport and society.

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

4.  Produce ideas for progressive development of sport and exercise based on critical analysis of contemporary social issues.

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 Inequality and discrimination

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

3 Sport and politics

Students will explore how various political systems/ ideologies and governing bodies use sport/athletes as a vehicle for social control.

4 Ethics and sport

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

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 28
Tutorial/Seminar 26
Practical Activity 0
Assessment 75
Independent 71
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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