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Programme and Module Handbook

Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2005-2006 (archived)


Department: APPLIED SOCIAL SCIENCES (SPORT) [Queen's Campus, Stockton]


Type Open Level 3 Credits 20 Availability Available in 2005/06 Module Cap None. Location Queen's Campus Stockton


  • For Sport, Health and Exercise students: none; for other students: SPRS2341.


  • Dissertation, Health Promotion, Sport & Exercise Physiology III, Applied Psychology of Sport and Exercise.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • On completion of the module, students should have acquired a more sophisticated conceptual framework of sociology of sport through the synthesis of previous study and the in-depth exploration of sociological theories and their application to sport.


  • This module will provide a synthesis of the knowledge and understanding acquired years 1 and 2.
  • Students will examine key sociological theories and apply them to contemporary sporting contexts in two key strands.
  • Strand one of the module will focus on the stratified nature of sports with an emphasis on inequalities and power relations.
  • This strand will include an exploration of topics such as gender, ethnicity, disability, social class and sexuality.
  • The second strand emphasises issues of deviancy in sport.
  • This includes topics relating to substance abuse, pain and injury, violence and sporting bodies.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Students should be able to describe and critique major theoretical perspectives used to study sociological aspects of sport.
  • identify and evaluate inequalities within sport, including key issues relating to gender, social class, ethnicity, disability, and sexuality.
  • critically explain issues of deviancy in the context of sport.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • carry out fieldwork involving interviewing, data collection and analysis.
Key Skills:

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

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Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 1 most weeks 2 28
Tutorials 1 each term 1 2
Seminars 3 terms 1 and 2 1 6
Fieldwork ad hoc terms 2 and 3 6 hours total 6
Preparation and Reading 158
Total 200

Summative Assessment

Component: Essays Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
essay 1 3500 words 50%
essay 2 3500 words 50%

Formative Assessment:

1 essay 1000 words, optional.

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University