module specification

LT5083 - Sport, Culture and Society (2018/19)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2018/19
Module title Sport, Culture and Society
Module level Intermediate (05)
Credit rating for module 15
School Guildhall School of Business and Law
Total study hours 150
114 hours Guided independent study
36 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 40%   1500 group work report
Coursework 60%   2000 word individual essay
Running in 2018/19

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
No instances running in the year

Module summary

Sport does not exist in isolation from the society in which it is situated. Instead, sport is both shaped by, and helps to shape, social attitudes and practices. This module explores the socio-cultural forces that impact upon the sports industry. Social theories are introduced as a tool to understand and address these issues.

Module aims

1. To critically evaluate the social-cultural dimensions of sports and physical culture;

2. To address issues of equality (including age, disability, gender, and race) in contemporary sport;

3. To introduce students to social theories relevant to understanding the contemporary sports industry;

4. To apply the knowledge and understanding gained to the analysis of specific sporting activities;

5. To equip students with the ability to analyse and solve problems within the sports industry


Sociological theory and sport
Power and inequality in sport
Social class
Gender and sport
The media and representations of sport
Race and racism in sport
Disability and sport
Violence in sport
Sporting subcultures
Sport and identity

Learning and teaching

The module will be delivered through weekly lectures (90 minutes) and seminars (90 minutes).

A key element of the module is its incorporation of problem-based learning (PBL). PBL is a student-focused approach to learning that encourages students to think for themselves and take direct responsibility for their own learning. PBL also incorporates a strong element of summative learning and assessment. The utilisation of PBL also ensures that students do not engage with socio-cultural issues at only a theoretical level, but are forced to actively address the role that they, as future practitioners within the industry, will play in developing strategies to address equality and diversity issues.

On-line support will also be provided to support and develop student learning. Key student responsibilities will include preparation for sessions (primarily through engagement with the required weekly readings) and participation in in-class activities.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the social and cultural forces that impact on participation in sport;
  2. discuss issues in sport such as power, racism, gender and equality using sophisticated theoretical language;
  3. be familiar with social theory, methods and arguments employed in the study of sport;
  4. critically analyse equality issues within the sports industry;
  5. propose solutions to key problems and issues within sporting contexts.

‘It also aims to develop students’ skills, in particular:

  1. Academic Reading 
  2. Researching
  3. Application of Knowledge and Presenting Data
  4. Academic Writing/literacy
  5. Communicating/presenting – orally and in writing, including inter-cultural communication
  6. Critical Thinking and Writing
  7. Problem Solving and Decision Making
  8. Interpersonal, including. collaborating / working with others, cross cultural awareness, having a positive attitude, negotiation and persuasion

Assessment strategy

There will be two assessment tasks for this module:

A 1500 word report produced in a group

A 2000 word individual essay.


Craig, P., & Beedie, P. (2010), Sport Sociology, Exeter: Learning Matters.
Cashmore, E., (2010) Making Sense of Sport,  London: Routledge.
Coakley, J., (2014) Sports in Society: Issues and Controversies, Boston: McGraw-Hill.
Coakley, J. & Dunning, E. (2002) Handbook of Sports Studies, London: Sage.
Coakley, J. & Pike, E. (2009) Sports in Society: Issues and Controvercies [UK edition], Maidenhead: McGraw-Hill.
Hargreaves, J. (1994) Sporting Females: Critical issues in the History and Sociology of Women’s Sports, London: Routledge.
Horne, J., et al. (2013) Understanding Sport: A Socio-Cultural Analysis, Abingdon: Routledge.
Houlihan, B. & Malcolm, D. (ed.) (2016) Sport & Society: A Student Introduction, London: Sage.
Jarvie, G. & Thornton, J. (2012) Sport, Culture and Society: An Introduction, London: Routledge.
Nauright, J. and Parrish, C. (2012) Sports Around the World: History, Culture, Practice, ABC-Clio: Santa Barbara.

International Review for the Sociology of Sport
Journal of Sport & Social Issues
Leisure Studies
Sociology of Sport Journal
Sport, Education and Society