Sport and Society

Nelson Mandela University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Sport and Society

  • Host University

    Nelson Mandela University

  • Location

    Port Elizabeth, South Africa

  • Area of Study

    Sociology, Sport and Leisure Sciences

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

    8
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    0
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    0
  • Overview

    Syllabus

    PURPOSE
    To provide students with an introduction to the social issues surrounding sport in society. It will allow students to explore and question the dynamic relationship between sport, culture and society.

    LEARNING OUTCOMES
    Students will be able to:

    discuss socio-political-cultural issues and debates concerning sport;
    develop critical insights into the sociological debates concerning sport in society;
    use sociological concepts and theories in understanding sport as a social activity within a social context.

    CORE CONTENT
    Introduction to the sociology of sport: what it is, and why we study it.
    Using social theories in understanding sport in society.
    Using history to help us understand sport today.
    Sports and socialization.
    The relationship between sport and gender, race and ethnicity, social class.
    Sports and the economy, the media, politics.

    Evaluation criteria
    Continuous assessment.

    MODERATION
    Internal.

    Prerequisites
    None