SMGT10060 Sociology of Sport

Academic Year 2022/2023

This module examines the emergence of modern sport and interprets its role in contemporary Western cultures. Different forms of sporting and leisure practices have been present in every society from the ancient world through to the present, and this course looks specifically at Western modern sport since its inception in the nineteenth century. Issues that affect sport, including race, gender, politics, nationalism, economics, class and the media, are systematically explored to introduce students to the study of sport and leisure, as well as to contribute to an understanding of modern sport as a socially, politically and historically constructed phenomenon.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this module you should be able to:

(i) trace the main developmental trends in modern sport and leisure activities;
(ii) locate the development of sport and leisure within a broader global context;
(iii) recognise the socially constructed nature of sport and leisure in Western societies;
(iv) understand the role of sport and leisure in the construction, and reinforcement, of social identities;
(v) identify the impact of commercialism and politics on the conduct of sport.

Indicative Module Content:

1. Why study the sociology of sport?
2. Theoretical perspectives in sociology.
3. Socialisation.
4. Social class.
5. Power.
6. The body and embodiment.
7. Gender.
8. Race and ethnicity.
9. Violence.
10. Media.
11. Globalisation.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lectures; critical writing; reflective learning; debates. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

No subject-specific prior learning required.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Presentation: Group Presentation (linked to Group Project) Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Group Project: Group Project Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Examination: End of Semester Exam (2 hours) 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Graded No


Seminar: Seminar based on summary of a research paper selected by students. Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Not yet recorded.

Name Role
Professor Eamonn Delahunt Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Ross Neville Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Alvy Styles Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 32 Mon 12:00 - 13:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 33 Mon 12:00 - 13:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 22, 31 Thurs 16:00 - 17:50