SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MHN225480
Module Leader Linda Shearer
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject Tourism and Events
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge


Summary of Content

This module will critically examine professional sports as a global force. Students will be introduced to the theoretical work shaping globalisation and then look at the ways in which this has been applied to the world of sport. Learners will critically assess terms such as internationalisation and globalisation and explore the local/global dichotomy often presented in discussions of sport in various contexts. A range of different sports across continents will be used as case studies to analyse the pervasive influence of sport within an increasingly cosmopolitan world.


Defining globalisation Local/global dichotomy Migration patterns Media narratives Commercialisation Commodification Cosmopolitanism The city region The nation state World systems theory Sport across frontiers Resistance and incorporation Global social responsibility

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:1). Critically assess the concept of globalisation and how professional sport has developed during a period of accelerated change;2). Critically examine the relationship between the local and the global in contemporary aspects of professional sport in different cultures;3). Critically analyse the diffusion of codified sport forms across the world;4). Critically assess the migration patterns of those employed in various parts of the sport industry;5). Critically evaluate the role of professional sport in an inclusive and sustainable global economy

Teaching / Learning Strategy

This module will critically examine Key theoretical material relating to the concept of globalisation will be introduced through introductory overviews at the beginning of each class. Students will first be introduced to the theoretical underpinnings relating to globalisation and will then look at the influence of key factors before examining the world of professional sport through case-studies from across the world. Here other related concepts such as internationalisation, glocalisation and globalisation will be analysed and discussed. The seminar sessions will allow students to enhance and deepen their learning and apply theory to the sports world. In advance of all classes students will be expected to independently identify key materials from both peer-reviewed academic journals and core text to enable the class to discuss a number of different sports from across the globe. There will be two forms of assessment for this module. In the first assessment students will make an individual presentation on a professional athlete/coach/sporting organisation of their choosing and will use peer-reviewed academic texts that links to the subject of study they have selected. In the second assessment students will write an essay of 2,000 words on an aspect of global sport. The focus of this will be independently chosen but must be authorised by the module leader. Internationalisation of the Curriculum: The consumption and importance of sport within notions of globalisation are very clear. Embedded within this approach are case studies that present sporting legacy at the local and the global level. PRME/SDGs: As a subject of study, global sport lends itself well to the agenda outlined in the Principles of Responsible Management Education, and in particular through analysing its contribution to the creation and maintenance of an inclusive and sustainable global economy in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Indicative Reading

Recommended Texts: Bairner, A. (2001). Sport, Nationalism and Globalization. Albany, NY: SUNY Press. Connolly, J and Dolan, P. (2017). Sport and National Identities: Globalization and Conflict. London: Routledge. Dart, J and Wagg, S. 92016) Sport, Protest and Globalization: Stopping Play. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan. Elliott, R. and Harris, J. (2014) (Eds). Football and Migration. London: Routledge. Giulianotti, R. and Robertson, R. (2009). Globalization and Football. London: Sage. Glenn, J. (2007). Globalization. London: Routledge. Harris, J. (2010). Rugby Union and Globalization. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. Maguire, J. and Falcous, M. (2011) (Eds). Sport and Migration. London: Routledge. Pedersen, P. (2013) (Ed.). Routledge Handbook of Sport Communication. London: Routledge. Ritzer, G. (2007). The Globalization of Nothing 2. Thousand Oaks, CA: Pine Forge Press. Scherer, J. and Jackson, S. (2010). Globalization, Sport and Corporate Nationalism. Bern: Peter Lang. Key Journals: Sport In Society International Journal of Sport Management and Marketing European Sport Management Quarterly Leisure Studies Managing Leisure International Journal of Event and Festival Research Tourism Management Sport Education & Society Online sources:

Transferrable Skills

By the end of this module students will have gained competence in the following key areas: Communication and presentation skills Interactive and group skills Critical thinking Independent learning Critical writing skills Self-Confidence Desire to go on learning Time management Ability to work in teams Independent learning Communication skills Reflective practice

Module Structure

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

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 2 n/a 50.00 35% Essay (2000 words) Week 14
Coursework 1 n/a 50.00 35% 15 minute Individual Presentation (weeks 8-12)