SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MHN222551
Module Leader Fiona Skillen
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject Tourism, Events and Sport
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge


Summary of Content

-108 This module builds on theories and ideas touched on in earlier modules, allowing the students to explore them in more detail. This module will provide students with in depth understandings of key theories such as Marxism, Weberianism, Figurational approaches and cultural studies. It will provide students with a clear understanding of paradigm shifts and the epistemological approaches which inform sport studies. It will also probe different perspectives of sports research, such as gender, community and identity thereby drawing on the specialisms of the group.


Sport as an academic discipline Sport and History Sport and Imperialism Sport and Cultural Studies Sport and Geographical approaches Sport and Feminism Sport and Marxism Sport and Postmodernism Sport and Race Sport and Identities

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:" Identify and critically analyse theory and methodology which underpins Sports as an academic subject." Demonstrate an understanding of the main epistemological approaches" Appraise the implications of these theories for contemporary trends and developments." Show an awareness of the use of theory in global and national contexts.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Lectures will provide students with insights into the theories and approaches which have underpinned and shaped the discipline of sport as an academic subject. This will supplemented and underpinned by directed reading. Lecture materials will be drawn from both academic and industry publications. Assessments will encourage students to explore and think about theory in greater depth. The first assessment will be an in depth study of one particular theory. The second assessment will be a critical study of one author and the ways in which they have employed theory in their research. PRME Throughout this module students will be introduced to sports theories within a range of contexts, both national and international. Throughout this module the notions of cultural sensitivity and thus diversity, equality and social sustainability will be of importance. In addition to this, students will be encouraged to think about topics such as ethics and environmental sustainability in direct relational to sports management. GSBS will continue to use the advancement of GCU Learn as a blended learning tool through its teaching and learning as well as through engagement with students. GSBS will ensure that all modules are GCU Learn enabled and with the support of the Learning Technologists at the cutting edge of development of online materials. Academic staff and the Learning Technologists will continue to work together to develop and operate all modules on GCULearn to ensure student support and information sharing. Students are provided with formative and summative feedback via a variety of mechanisms. Feedback on coursework is provided within 3 working weeks of submission.

Indicative Reading

-567 Books and articles: Richard Giulianotti, (2004) Sport: A Critical Sociology, Polity Press Coakley, J, and Dunning, E. (2002) Handbook of Sport Studies. London: Sage. Harris, J and Parker, A. (2009) Sport and Social Identities . London: Palgrave. Bale, J. (2004) Sport and Geography . London: Routledge. Skillen, F, and Osborne, C. (2012) Women and Sports History . Routledge: London. Skillen, F. (2013) Women, Sport and Modernity . Oxford: Peter Lang. Monar, G & Kelly, J, (2013) Sport, Exercise and Social Theory: An introduction . London: Routledge. -567 Collins, T. (2013) Sport in Capitalist Society , Routledge: London. Jarvie, G, (2012) Sport, Culture and Society . London: Routledge. Spracklen, K, (2009) Leisure, Sports and Society , London: Palgrave. Houlihan, B. (Ed) (2003) Sport in Society: A Student Introduction . London: Sage. Horne, J., Tomlinson, A. and Whannel, G. (1999) Understanding Sport: An Introduction to the Sociological and Cultural Analysis of Sport . London: E & FN Spon. -567 Journals Journal of Sport & Tourism Journal of Sport Management Leisure Studies Journal of Sport and Society International Journal of History of Sport Sport in History

Transferrable Skills

By the end of this module students will have gained competence in the following key areas: Capacity for independent work Problem-solving through application of theory Critical self-reflection Analytical skills Effective time management & planning

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Lectures (FT) 24.00
Independent Learning (FT) 114.00
Assessment (FT) 50.00
Seminars (FT) 12.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 2 n/a 50.00 n/a Critical essay, 2000 words Week 14
Coursework 1 n/a 50.00 n/a Theory essay, 2000 words Week 10