Politics + Sport

Department of Political Science and International Studies, School of Government and Society

College of Social Sciences


Code 22048

Level of study Third/Final year

Credit value 20

Semester 0

Pre-requisite modules Where students take this course as a 10 credit unit they will be expected to undertake self directed study of the material not covered from the readin

Module description

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. Equally, we will discuss how sport and sport policy can be used to understand wider political changes in society.

Teaching and learning methods

These courses are taught by a combination of lectures, classes and directed reading.

This module is available as:
Autumn term only 10 credit unit – 3,000 word assessed essay
Spring term only 10 credit unit – 3,000 word assessed essay
Whole Year 20 credit unit – 2 x 4,000 word summative essays (50%) each.