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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.

Module Aims

The module aims to provide you with a foundation in the key tropes of the ‘sociology of sport’ discussion and an in-depth knowledge on contemporary sociological sport issues. It aims to immerse you in the most contemporary debates in which sport intersects and captures social trends. The course therefore provides a critical global engagement in sport as a feature of global media culture and local community engagement in the 21st century.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here – you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a range of contemporary sport issues
2. Demonstrate an ability to evaluate contemporary sport sociology discussion in light of academic research and debate
3. Demonstrate knowledge of key sociological concepts such as ‘Mega-Events’, ‘Lifestyle Sports’, ‘Sports for Good’, ‘Polluted Leisure’ and ‘Edgework’
Discipline-Specific Skills4. Demonstrate in writing and orally an ability to reflect upon, apply and criticise theoretical models and empirical findings
5. Demonstrate in writing and orally how the sociology of sport can help examine taken-for-granted assumptions about social roles and behaviours.
Personal and Key Skills6. Demonstrate an ability to engage in complex arguments in writing, orally and in small groups
7. Demonstrate an ability to identify problems and anticipate possible avenues for solving them
8. Demonstrate an ability to apply and recognise academic themes in mass media and popular culture discourse