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EDH4259 Sociology of Sport

Semester 2, 2013 On-campus Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Education
School or Department : Education
Version produced : 21 July 2014

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Examiner: Kenneth Edwards
Moderator: Sharon Louth

Other requisites

EDH1150 is recommended


This course is designed to focus on and stimulate interest in the Sociology of Sport sub-discipline within the Sociocultural Foundations of Sport and Physical Activity discipline area. Sociology of Sport provides the opportunity to enhance and extend professional and personal development in sport and physical activity related professions. The area provides opportunities to develop and apply information related to the nature and role of sport in modern Australian society and in the wider international context.

The centrality and significance of sport as a social agent will be revealed through the review and analysis of the work of sports sociologists writing from a range of perspectives. The study of this area will also demonstrate that sport and physical activity are themselves dynamic concepts, influenced and modified by social forces as with all aspects of a modern capitalist society.


This course is designed to develop knowledge and diverse perspectives on sport which is relevant to a range of sports related discipline areas. The course aims to provide students with the opportunity to research issues related to the sociology of sport and to reflect on and apply this information in professional situations. It is expected that students will develop skills in a range of understandings and competencies for interpreting and evaluating sociology of sport issues within the wider and complex social environment of Australia and the world. The opportunity for active participation in the course is provided via reflection upon personal experiences and acquired knowledge through cooperative group-work, discussion forums and feedback sessions. Should enrolments not reach the minimum number required for on-campus study, students may be transferred to the ONLINE offering and advised of this change before semester commences.


The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. The assessment item(s) that may be used to assess student achievement of an objective are shown in parenthesis. On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. evaluate the whole realm of sport and physical activity and gain a more realistic understanding of the role of sport and physical activity in modern society. (Assessment 1 and Assessment 2)
  2. appreciate the socio-cultural forces that exert an influence upon the sporting and physical activities of Australians. (Assessment 1 and Assessment 2)
  3. identify and analyse the sociological factors that underpin the various issues presented throughout this course. (Assessment 1 and Assessment 2)
  4. value the theoretical analysis of the sociological issues raised and identify and review the sociological perspectives of the writers of various pieces of work. (Assessment 1 and Assessment 2)
  5. demonstrate a more cognisant and critical view of discriminatory attitudes that pervade Australian and international sporting cultures. (Assessment 1 and Assessment 2)
  6. interrogate primary and secondary data on sociological aspects of sport and physical activity. (Assessment 1 and Assessment 2)
  7. investigate and evaluate diverse perspectives and justify personal opinions as part of an examination of selected sociology of sport issues. (Assessment 1 and Assessment 2)
  8. communicate in an effective and appropriate manner through various written and oral genres (Assessment 1 and Assessment 2)
  9. demonstrate competence in and appropriate use of language and literacy, including spelling, grammar, punctuation and bibliographic referencing. (Assessment 1 and Assessment 2)


Description Weighting(%)
1. Area A: Introduction to Sociology of Sport
1-1. Overview of Sociology of Sport
1-2. Sociological Theories
1-3. Sport in Society
2. Area B: Sport as a Social Phenomena
Core and Elective Topic/Issues - selected from:
2.1. Sport and Physical Activity in Australia
2.2. Children and Sport
2.3. Business of Sport
2.4. Politics and Sport
2.5. Sponsorship in Sport
2.6. Media and Sport
2.7. Science and Technology in Sport
2.8. Race and Sport
2.9. The Body and Gender Issues in Sport
2.10. Lifespan and Leisure Issues
2.11. Special Populations and Sport
2.12. Globalisation of Sport and International Sport
3. Area C: Sociology of Sport
Elective Tutorial and/or Forum Issues
Social Class, Law and Sport, Professional Sport, Ethnic Sport, People: Spectators and Viewers, Coaching, Officiating and Administration, Elite Sport, Violence in Sport, Sporting Injuries, Drugs in Sport, Sports Stadiums, Comparative Sport, Memorable Moments in Sport, Sporting Entertainment, Volunteers and Sport, Sub-cultures in Sport, Religion and Sport, Sport and Education, War and Sport, Sport and Popular Culture, International Rivalry and Sport, Politics and Sport, Terrorism.

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Booth, D, & Tatz, C 2000, One-eyed: a view of Australian sport, Allen & Unwin, St Leonards, NSW.
  • Cashman, R 2010, Paradise of sport: a history of Australian sport, Revised edn, Walla Walla Press, Petersham, NSW.
  • Coakley, J.J 2009, Sport in society: issues and controversies, 10th edn, McGraw-Hill, Boston, IL.
  • Coakley, JJ.,adapted by, Hallinan, C, Mewett, P and Jackson, S 2008, Sports in society: issues and controversies in Australia and New Zealand, McGraw-Hill, Sydney, NSW.
  • Kirk, D, Nauright, J, Hanrahan, S, MacDonald, D & Jobling, I 1996, The socio-cultural foundations of human movement, MacMillan Education Australia, South Melbourne, VIC.
  • Scambler, G 2005, Sport and society: history, power and culture, Open University Press, Maidenhead, UK.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Directed Study 80.00
Independent Study 80.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 40 40 02 Sep 2013
ASSIGNMENT 2 60 60 21 Oct 2013

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    ONC MODE: It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

    ONLINE MODE: There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them including discussion forums scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Penalties for late submission of work: If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of the examiner then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded. No assignments will be accepted after model answers have been posted.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course and must satisfactorily complete the sector-based professional experience.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    As there are no examinations in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. Assessment items are designed to determine the extent to which the course objectives have been achieved. A full assessment outline and appropriate assessment criteria will be provided.

  2. APA style is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use APA style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide.

Other requirements

  1. Students will require access to e-mail and have Internet access to UConnect for this course.

  2. NOTE: Minimum enrolment numbers apply to this offering. Should enrolments not reach the minimum number required for on-campus study, students may be transferred to the ONLINE offering and advised of this change before semester commences.

  3. Risk Management. There are no risks beyond the ordinary associated with this course.