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Department of Sociology

SPRT1271 Sport, Culture and Society

  • What contemporary issues impact upon the participation, performance and administration of sport in society?
  • How does sport affect our ideas about masculinity and femininity, social class and wealth, race and ethnicity, ability and disability, age and aging, deviance and conformity, aggression and violence?
  • How do we explain the sport and sport culture from a sociological perspective?

Sport isn’t just about performance, competition, winning and losing; it is also deeply embedded in social relations and social processes. Sport is a cultural phenomenon that evokes passion and debate, drives economies, dominates the media, shapes politics, highlights inequalities, and contributes to our sense of national pride.

This module gives you an insight into the significance of sport in society from a sociological perspective by developing your knowledge and understanding of how sport can impact upon society and how the everyday lives of people impact upon sport.

“The lectures are great and really interesting. The seminars are also really helpful.”

“A lot of detail on slides. Good module textbook. Excellent lectures.”

“The real life examples and videos used in lectures, makes it more interesting.”

“How it gets people to think about the effect and influence that sport has in everyday society.”

“The different lecturers that presented throughout the module, as they had a greater understanding of the specific topic area.”

“Very interesting content. Lectures not just delivered off the PowerPoint. Got some interesting background stuff.”

Coakley, J. and Pike, E. (2014) Sports in Society: Issues and Controversies. London: McGraw Hill/OU Press.

Anderson, E. (2010) Sport, Theory and Social Problems: A Critical Introduction. London: Routledge. Introduction and Chapter 1

Syed, M. (2011) Bounce: The Myth of Talent and the Power of Practice. London: Fourth Estate.