Sport and Society (SOC3052)

Credit Value15
Academic Year2011/2
ECTS Value
NQF Level
Duration of Module Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module aims

Modern sport and football, in particular, provide the main focus of the course. The analysis of modern sport is divided into three sections: the political economy of sport, the players and the fans. In each of these sections, the transformation of sport up to the present day is analysed with reference to the important literature.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Students will develop an understanding of sport in contemporary society and its importance to everyday life
  • 2. Ability to apply historical and theoretical analyses to address transformations in global sport.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 3. Demonstrate an analytical understanding of Sociology of sport, by taking into account different sociological perspectives and theoretical frameworks
  • 4. Demonstrate an ability to conceptualise social, psychological and personal issues in a specifically sociological manner in relation to sport

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 5. Ability to present and argue specific opinions and points of view
  • 6. The ability to digest, select and present various materials to be presented both orally in groups and written in assignments

Syllabus plan

Indicative listing: 
Topic 1: Why Sport? Themes and theoretical perspectives
Topic 2: Sport and ritual in history
Topic 3: The Rise of Modern Sport
Topic 4: Globalisation of Sport - Economics
Topic 5: Globalisation of Sport - Politics
Topic 6: The Olympics
Topic 7: The players - Biology, Masculinity and Celebrity
Topic 8: Women and Sport 
Topic 9: The fans - Hooliganism
Topic 10: Ultras, Fan Groups and New Social Movements
Topic 11: Conclusion

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
independent study128

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Essay502000 words
Exam501.5 hours

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Elias, N and Dunning, E. 1986. Quest For Excitement: sport in the civilising process. Oxford: Blackwell.
Dunning, E. 1971. The Sociology of Sport. London: Frank Cass.
Giulianotti, R. 1999. Football: a sociology of the global game. Cambridge: Polity
Guttmann, Allen. 1978. From ritual to record : the nature of modern sports. New York: Columbia University Press.
Horne and Manzenreiter 2006 Sport Mega-Events Ocford: Blackwell
King, A, 2003. The European Ritual. Aldershot: Ashgate.
Roche, M. (2000) Mega-events and Modernity: Olympics, Expos and the Growth of Global Culture (London, Routledge).

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