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Durham University

Faculty Handbook 2022-2023

Module Description

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Department: Sport and Exercise Sciences

SPRT3141: SPORT POLICY IN ACTION

Type Open Level 3 Credits 20 Availability Available in 2022/23 Module Cap Location Durham

Prerequisites

  • SPRT2231 Sports Development or SPRT 1331 Introduction to Sport and Exercise Industries

Corequisites

  • None.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.

Aims

  • Enable students to gain a comprehensive understanding of major trends in policy from both government and civil society in relation to sport and physical activity;
  • Enable students to critically evaluate and debate the challenges and issues facing sport in delivering the contemporary domestic policy agenda;
  • Enable students to critically evaluate and debate the challenges and issues facing sport in delivering global and international policy agendas;
  • Enable students to understand different models of the policy process in evaluating selected sport and physical activity policies.

Content

  • This module will focus on issues relating to the development of public policy and relating to sport and physical activity and the connections between the two;
  • This module will also examine the development of policy within international civil society regarding ‘sport for development and peace’ and other global sporting issues;
  • Students will be made aware of government and non-government policy in relation to sport development from both a national and international perspective. Consideration will be given to policy change over the last twenty to thirty years and the increasing salience of sport to governments especially in relation to increasing participation, improving performance and promoting health as well as mobilizing sport in the service of international development and conflict resolution;
  • Close scrutiny will be given to the challenges and barriers facing government policy with a specific focus on comparative sport policy. Particular attention will be given to the variation in sport policy development in the countries such as the UK, Australia and Finland;
  • Students will be made aware of the importance of theoretical frameworks in analysing sport policy.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • By the end of this module students will be able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of factors impacting policy development for government and civil society in relation to sport and physical activity and do so from a national, international and global perspectives;
  • Critically analyse the challenges and barriers, including political, social and economic, which affect the development and implementation of sport policy;
  • Understand and apply different models of the policy process in evaluating selected sport and physical activity policies.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • By the end of this module students will be able to:
  • Critically and informatively debate the factors and issues affecting the development of sport policy;
  • Make effective use of policy concepts, techniques and approaches in analysing sport policy development;
  • Research, assess and critically evaluate the development, implementation and effectiveness of a variety of sport policies.
  • Formulate applied questions relating to policy & practice in sport; selectively summarise relevant literature and policy documentation; critically appraise available models relating to applied sport policy;
  • Apply both theoretical and methodological expertise to the analysis and critique of sport policy in various political and international contexts;
Key Skills:
  • Use IT and library facilities to conduct efficient literature and policy documentation searches;
  • Manage their time appropriately in order to meet the requirements of independent study;
  • Apply both theoretical and methodological expertise to analysis
  • Demonstrate written communication skills

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • Staff-led content, including individual and group-based activities, will introduce students to policy analysis theory and trends in various aspects of sport policy over time.
  • Interactive group activities will enable students to critically analyse, reflect and discuss sport policy approaches;
  • Independently, students will be required to invest time in directed reading, research activities, group-based activity preparation, and study tasks;
  • Group discussions will allow opportunities for students to reflect and critically analyse sport policies and issues in greater depth;
  • Assessment will be conducted through a 3,000 word assignment that will require students to research a relevant aspect of sport policy. There will also be a take home examination which will require students to review their study within the module and answer specific questions that reflect the key learning outcomes of the module.
  • Two formative multiple choice tests will encompass content covered in Michaelmas and Epiphany Terms respectively, and will support exam preparation.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Interactive Lectures 20 Weekly 1 hour 20
Interactive Seminars 20 Four per term (forntightly) 1 hour 8
Preparation and Reading 172
Total 200

Summative Assessment

Component: Assignment Component Weighting: 50%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Essay 3,000 words 100%
Component: Examination Component Weighting: 50%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Take home examination 2,000 words/24 hours 100%

Formative Assessment:

Two multiple choice tests to support exam preparation.


Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University



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