SPOR06048 2022 Sociology of Sport

General Details

Full Title
Sociology of Sport
Transcript Title
Sociology of Sport
N/A %
Subject Area
SPOR - Sport/Rec/Leisure
MKTS - Marketing, Tourism & Sport
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2022 - Full Academic Year 2022-23
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Patricia McCaffrey, Aileen Brennan, Paula Ryder
Programme Membership
SG_BAPPL_B07 202200 Bachelor of Business in Applied Sport with Business

This module aims to introduce the student to the historical evolution of sport recreation & leisure and its link with society. It aims to discuss key sociological terms as they apply to sport in society. It will examine sociological issues in modern sport and society.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Define the main roles that sport and recreation served in the history of ancient civilisations, pre industrial era and post industrial era 


Define the functions of sport in society in relation to social cohesion, control, socialisation, conditioning, conformity, image and social status


Explain the theories that have been developed by sociologists to gain a deeper understanding into sport as part of everyday life, history and culture.


Review a number of contemporary issues relating to sport and recreation in modern society

Teaching and Learning Strategies

  • Direct instruction - Lectures, Guest speakers
  • Guided exploration
  • Oral presentation
  • Media Analysis, Social networking application and services.
  • Case study
  • Questioning and Discussion
  • Debate
  • UDL
  • Independent learning

Module Assessment Strategies

  • Each student will have two pieces of continuous assessment to complete. 1 individual assessment and 1 group assessment.
  • Individual assessment – essay or report
  • Case studies
  • Podcasts
  • Active Investigation Group project to include a paper review of appropriate peer reviewed Journal Article
  • Group Project on contemporary issues in sport in society to inc presentation in class (poster presentation, video presentation)
  • Open book exam

Repeat Assessments

Students will be entitled to a repeat assessment provided they can show medical cert for missing initial assessment. Students will have to repeat the part of the module they failed.

Indicative Syllabus

LO 1

Discuss the history of sport, recreation & leisure - Global Perspective - Greek, Roman, Medieval, Celtic, Renaissance, Reformation, Enlightenment, The Industrial Revolution, The emergence of Organised Competitive sports.

LO 2

Explore sociology of sport - What is the Sociology of Sport? Why Study Sports in Society? What are sports? What is Socialization? Becoming Involved in Sports / Changing or Ending Sport Participation, Being Involved in Sport, What happens?

LO 3

Identify social theories - How can they help us study Sports in Society? Agency and structure theories, Functionalist Theory, Conflict Theory, Interactionist Theory, Critical Theory, Feminist Theory, Figurational Theory.

LO 4

Discuss contemporary issues : a selection from the topics indicated below:

  • Deviance in Sports: Defining, Problems Faced, Research, Performance-Enhancing Substances.
  • Violence in Sports: Define, History, Violence on / off the field, Among Spectators
  • Gender and Sports: Participation and Equity Issues, Ideological and Cultural Issues.
  • Race and Ethnicity: Definition Race, Ethnicity, Minority group, Racial Classification Systems & Racial Ideology in Sports, Sport Participation among Racial and Ethnic minorities.
  • Social Class: Social Class / Relations, Sport and Economic Inequality, Social Class and Sport Participation Patterns, Economic and Career Opportunities in Sports, Sport Participation and Occupational Careers among Former Athletes.
  • Sports and the Economy: Emergence and Growth of Commercial Sports, Commercialization and Changes in Sports, Owners / Sponsors / Promoters in Commercial Sports,
  • Sports and the Media: Characteristics of the Media, Sport / Media - Two way relationship.
  • Sports and Politics: The Sports-Government Connection, Politics in Sport, Do Governments and Globalization Influence Sports?

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
60 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
40 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Written report Continuous Assessment Assignment 20 % Week 6 1,3
2 Group Project Group Active Investigation Applied Project Continuous Assessment Group Project 40 % Week 11 2,4

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Final Exam Open Book Exam 40 % End of Term 2,3,4

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Lecture Theatre Lecture 3 Weekly 3.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Independent Learning 3 Weekly 3.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2015-11-16 Sport and Society SAGE
ISBN 9781473943230 ISBN-13 147394323X

'This third edition of Sport and Society, with contributions from some of the fields most highly respected scholars, covers the myriad of complex, pervasive and global issues confronting sport in the 21st century. It continues to be a foundation text for students across most sport disciplines' - Russel Hoye, La Trobe University, Australia The third edition of Sport and Society reinforces its place as one of the most valuable texts for students and others engaging in social scientific study of sport. Overall, the book continues to achieve an unrivalled balance between different social science disciplines that have been applied to sport; between local, national and international issues; and between broad overviews and specific detail on every topic. The end result is a book that is "a must" on many academic reading lists!' - Iain Lindsey, Durham University, UK Fully updated and revised, the Third Edition of Barrie Houlihan and Dominic Malcolm's ground-breaking Sport and Society provides students and instructors with a one-stop text that is comprehensive, accessible, international, and engaging. This popular book: Approaches the study of sport from a multi-disciplinary perspective Presents the importance of social structure, power, and inequality in analysing the nature and significance of sport in society Addresses the rapid commercialization and regulation of sport Engages in comparative analysis to understand problems clearly and produce sound solutions Expands students' knowledge through chapter summaries, guides to further reading, and extensive bibliographies Offers five new chapters addressing the key contemporary issues of: lifestyle sport; sport for development and peace; the governance of international sport organisations; sports fandom; and sport in East Asia. A superb teaching text, this new edition will be relished by instructors seeking an authoritative introduction to sport and society and students who want a relevant, enriching text for their learning and research needs.

Recommended Reading
2017-10-02 Reflections on Sociology of Sport Emerald Group Publishing
ISBN 9781787146433 ISBN-13 178714643X

In this tenth celebratory volume, ten recognized and influential sport scholars from around the world reflect on their respective academic journeys within the subfield Sociology of Sport.

Recommended Reading
2016-11-01 Sociology of Sport Emerald Group Publishing
ISBN 1786350505 ISBN-13 9781786350503

The Sociology of Sport has grown since its inception in the late 1950s and has become robust, and diverse. Many countries now boast strong scholars in the field and this volume reflects the fascinating research being done. This innovative volume is dedicated to a review of the state of the area by region, and country in some cases. For instance, Latin America is expanding widely in the field, and Korea and Japan have had vibrant Sociology of Sport communities for some time.

Required Reading
2010 Making Sense of Sports
ISBN 0415552214 ISBN-13 9780415552219

This book looks at sport not just as recreation, but as an integral part of contemporary culture, with connections to industry, commerce and politics. It explores the history and theories of sport, and touches on more controversial issues.

Recommended Reading
2012 Sport and Sociology
ISBN 0415571235 ISBN-13 9780415571234

"The sociology of sport is a sub-discipline approaching maturity. This book stands back and reflects upon the subject's growth, tracing its developmental phases and taking stock of the current fund of knowledge. It offers a &state of the art' review of the sociology of sport and investigates those areas where sport has come to influence the sociological mainstream. The book also examines how the sociology of sport has attempted to engage with a popular readership, and what the consequences of such engagement have been. Focusing on touchstone issues and concepts within sociological discourse such as race, gender, celebrity, the body and social theory, the book assesses the successes and failures of the sociology of sport in influencing the parent discipline, related sub-disciplines and the wider public. It also asks to what extent the sociology of sport can be said to be autonomous, distinctive and distinguished, and challenges students of sport to extend their work out of the narrow confines of the subdiscipline and across disciplinary divides."--Publisher.

Required Reading
2013 Sports in Society
ISBN 1260240665 ISBN-13 9781260240665

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources


Journal Resources

International Review for the Sociology of Sport

Sociology of Sport Journal

Journal of Sport and Social Issues


URL Resources
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