Politics and Sport

Final year module

Lecturer: Jonathan Grix

This module explores the key issues and controversies of sport in contemporary society. The study of sport cuts across many critical issues in the study of society, culture and politics and this will be reflected in the module: core themes include the meaning of sport in society, approaches to the study of sport (taken from Political Science, Sociology etc.) the commercialisation of sport ( in particular sponsors, owners and promoters), global sport ( e.g. Olympic Games), the instrumentalisation of sport for political purposes ( including studying Germany, the UK, China, Russia, the USA, gender, race, class and sport, cultural differences in attitudes towards and participation in sport and the interface of media and sport.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module the student should be able to: 

  • Discuss the meaning and function of sport in (different) society (ies) 
  • Discuss critically contemporary issues and controversies in sport 
  • Identify the key approaches and key concepts in the study of sport in society 
  • Comprehend the importance of sport in society and its relationship to politics, economics and the media 
  • Learn how to produce and present a concise piece of research on a specific topic 


  • 2 x 4000 word assessed essay (50% each)