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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SOC2025: Current Themes in the Sociology of Sport

This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 academic year.


NQF Level 5
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module will run during term 1 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Paul O'Connor (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


Sport occupies a dominant role in contemporary society. It mediates social encounters, is harnessed in social enterprise, and is a powerful part of the economy. Traditional notions of sport have been disrupted in recent decades. Race, gender, and sexuality have moved to the forefront of debate alongside issues of inclusion and equity. Increasingly sport is a forum in which social issues are showcased and explored. Technological innovation and the quantitative-self movement contribute to a host of new sporting subjectivities explored and performed through social media. The promotion of elaborate sporting Mega Events in global cities sits alongside the discourse of polluted leisure and sustainable sport in the Anthropocene. On this module you will explore these topics, and the growth in lifestyle sports, the ‘sports for good’ movement, the bond between sport and religion, and the calculated risk taking of edgework.

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