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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Sport, Media and Society
Module Code CM2001A
School School of Communications
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Neil O'Boyle
Semester 2: Neil O'Boyle
Autumn: Neil O'Boyle
Module TeachersNeil O'Boyle
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only

This module explores the increasingly convergent relationship between sport and media and its impacts on individuals, communities, and society in general. The module considers a range of theoretical perspectives, beginning with the concept of ‘media sport’, and equips students to think critically about the reciprocal influence of sport and media, the power interests underpinning this relationship, and how media sport is a site of ideological and political contestation. Students taking the module will examine a variety of topics, including broadcasting, nationalism, protest and fan practices.

Learning Outcomes

1. Describe some of the power interests and financial considerations underpinning the increasingly convergent relationship between sport and media
2. Explain how media sport plays a role in representing people and places in the wider world and is a site of ideological and political contestation
3. Critically analyse and appraise news media reporting around international sporting events
4. Design and conduct their own studies of media sport

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture25Weekly class contact
Independent Study40General research and reading
Directed learning40Preparation of Case Study (including library time)
Online activity20Use of course-related material on Loop
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Lecture 1
Introduction to the Module

Lecture 2
Sport, Symbolism and Psychology

Lecture 3
Media Sport

Lecture 4
Broadcasting and the Political Economy of Sport

Lecture 5
The Sport Media Content Economy

Lecture 6
Sporting Mega Events

Lecture 7
Sport and Representation in Television, Film and Print Media

Lecture 8
Working in Media Sport

Lecture 9
The Geopolitics of Sport

Lecture 10
Sport, Show Business, and Celebrity

Lecture 11
Sport, Activism and Social Justice

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
AssignmentMediasport Event Case Study100%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • O’Boyle, N. and Free, M.: 2020, Sport, the Media and Ireland: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, Cork University Press, Cork,
  • Rouse, P.: 2015, Sport and Ireland: A History., Oxford University Press., Oxford.,
  • Houlihan, B.: 2015, Sport and Society: A Student Introduction., Sage., London.,
  • Cronin, Duncan and Rouse.: 2014, The GAA: A People’s History., Collins Press Dublin., Dublin.,
  • Rouse, P.: 2018, The Hurlers: The First All-Ireland Championship and the Making of Modern Ireland., Penguin Ireland., Dublin.,
  • Jarvie, G.: 2012, Sport, Culture and Society., Routledge., London.,
  • Free, Hughson and Inglis.: 2005, The Uses of Sport: A Critical Study., Routledge., London.,
  • Bairner, A.: 2001, Sport, Nationalism and Globalisation: European and North American Perspectives, State University of New York Press Albany., New York.,
  • Cronin, M. 1: 1999, Sport and Nationalism in Ireland: Gaelic Games, Soccer and Irish Identity since 1884., Four Courts Press., Dublin.,
  • Dunning, E.: 1999, Sport Matters: Sociological Studies of Sport, Violence and Civilization., Routledge., London.,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
JRBA in Journalism

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