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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Sociology of Sport 2
Module Code SS209
School School of Health & Human Performance
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Hannah Goss
Semester 2: Hannah Goss
Autumn: Hannah Goss
Module TeachersHannah Goss
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Resit Examination as per normal schedule. Reassessment of Coursework by resubmission.

The aim of this module is to develop participants understanding of the role of sport as an important aspect of social structure and cultural behaviour. The module begins by charting the historical background to the development of sport in society with a particular emphasis on Irish and international sports development in the modern era. The links between sport and social structures such as politics, social class, the commercial and business sectors, education and the media will be analysed. There will be a particular focus on how issues such as identity (local and national) social class, race and gender are dealt with and impact on the sports context.

Learning Outcomes

1. Identify and assess some of the key social, cultural, political and economic factors that have influenced the development of modern sport.
2. Understand the historical and current structures and content of sport in Ireland.
3. Identify a number of the important theoretical perspectives in the sociology of sport.
4. Discuss how social theorists analyse sport in society.
5. Recognise the various ways in which politics, economics, social class, gender, race, drugs, media and commercialism impact on sport in society.
6. Present a review of the contents of relevant sociology of sport literature to colleagues and academic staff.
7. Prepare a written assignment on an issue of interest in the area of sport in society using appropriate, research, citing and referencing.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24class based instruction
Seminars12Student group led Seminar
Assignment Completion10Essay
Seminars4Students assigned to group, prepare and Present Seminar
Independent Study60Weekly Reading and Study (5)
Independent Study15Exam Prep
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

Introduction Social and Historical Origins of Modern Sport –Review

Sport in Ireland – Traditions, British influence, GAA and other major sports organisations. Sport in 20thC Ireland

Sociology of Sport – Theory

Sport and Politics

Sport and Nationalism

Sport and Social Class

Sport and Globalisation

Sport and the Media, Sponsorship and Commercialisation

Sport and Gender

Sport and Drugs

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment60% Examination Weight40%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
PresentationStudent Group Seminar Preparation and Presentation10%Every Week
EssaySelection from choice of topics20%Week 10
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

  • NA: 0, NA,
  • Jarvie, G: 0, Sport, Culture and Society,
  • Houlihan, B: 0, Sport and Society - A Student Introduction,
  • Coakley, J. and Dunning, E.: 0, Handbook of Sport Studies,
  • Schirito, T: 0, Understanding Sports Culture,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
AFUAge Friendly University Programme
BSSAStudy Abroad (DCU Business School)
BSSAOStudy Abroad (DCU Business School)
HMSAStudy Abroad (Humanities & Soc Science)
HMSAOStudy Abroad (Humanities & Soc Science)
IESAStudy Abroad (Institute of Education)
IESAOStudy Abroad (Institute of Education)
SHSAStudy Abroad (Science & Health)
SHSAOStudy Abroad (Science & Health)
SSHBSc Sport Science and Health
Date of Last Revision17-FEB-12

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