module specification

SS6073 - Sport, Education and Society (2024/25)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2024/25
Module title Sport, Education and Society
Module level Honours (06)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Social Sciences and Professions
Total study hours 150
46 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
104 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 100%   Coursework Essay
Running in 2024/25

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
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Module summary

Module Aims:
• to offer an historical perspective upon the relationship between sport, education and society;
• to encourage a critical examination of the relationship between play, games and sport and their respective relations to educational ideologies;
• to explore current controversial dimensions to sport in education and in schools, the community, and wider society;
• to become familiar with recent initiatives from government and sporting bodies to regenerate sport in schools and offer a critical perspective on them;
• to attempt a critical evaluation of sport and its place in contemporary education with a view to its regeneration as a core aspect of educational practice and purpose.


The module is divided into three blocks:

1. Policy, curriculum and the practice of sport in education
2. Recreation and leisure
3. The broad social issues and their implications for education and schooling.

The module will examine:

conflicts surrounding the role of sport in society and “social aims” associated with it; histories of sport in education; the ideological construction of sport; competition and educational objectives; gender, participation and access; moral discourses in sport; ‘race’ and identity; social class and the commercialisation of sport; policy and the sport curriculum; PE and sport in the National Curriculum; sport in school and community settings – visits scheduled in Enhancement Week 24. LO1,LO2,LO3

Students will be expected to make visits to a selected community-based sports’ development agency or leisure facility and evaluate the educational programme offered as preparation for Assessment B. LO4

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

The module will be taught through scheduled sessions supported by on-line presence.  These sessions will take the form of seminars and workshops.  There will also be field visits.

Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes:
Students successfully completing this module will be able to:
1. demonstrate that they have gained knowledge about the school context and the provision of sport in the wider community; A2, A3
2. demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between sport, education and society within historical and sociological perspectives; A2
3. demonstrate a critical understanding of the current issues in the module; A3
4. demonstrate critical awareness of sport and its place in contemporary education and society.  A1


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