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Session: 2021/22

Last modified: 09/03/2020 11:25:30

Title of Module: Social Issues in Sport Coaching & Development

Code: SPOR09031 SCQF Level: 9
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Health and Life Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:Laura  Graham

Summary of Module

 Sports are social phenomena and an integral part of many cultures and societies. Understanding the nature of social interaction and the elements which shape cultures both within the U.K. and internationally is essential for those embarking on a career in sport and physical activity, whether at recreational or elite performance level. This module develops students’ awareness of the sociological theory underlying contemporary social issues in sport and prompts critical thinking. The syllabus will be flexible to reflect emergent social contexts but could include;

-       Social stratification and pertinent social theorists 

-       The construction of gender and race/ethnicity

-       Sport and deviance

-       Key contemporary issues in sport and society

The module will be valuable to students on both Development and Coaching programmes and will be contextualised to reflect the primary discipline. Development students will focus on the application of sociological theory to the development of sports programmes in the community, and Coaching students will focus on the integration of the same theory into their coaching approach. Both streams will employ a problem based learning approach to facilitate students’ appreciation of the relevance of sociology to their future development as reflective practitioners.

The teaching and learning approach will employ recorded lectures,  drop-in sessions, and tutorials to allow students to deepen understanding though problem based learning and case studies.

This module develops student in relation to the “I Am UWS” Graduate Attributes:

Universal – Inquiring, Culturally Aware, Socially Responsible

Work-Ready – Knowledgeable, Motivated, Ambitious

Successful – Autonomous, Resilient, Transformational

Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully Online
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Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:




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Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. Summarise the essential theories, principles and concepts of the sociology of sport and how these are developed through the main methods of enquiry in the subject.

L2. Review and appraise U.K. and international research utilising the core concepts of sociology of sport, and evaluate strengths of methodology, findings and conclusions.

L3. Undertake a critical analysis of key problems and social issues in sport within both U.K. and international contexts, and format, evaluate and apply evidence-based solutions and arguments.

L4. Apply subject and transferable skills to professional scenarios where criteria for decisions and the scope of the task may be well defined but where personal responsibility, initiative and decision making is also required.

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 9.

A broad and integrated knowledge and understanding of the scope, main areas and boundaries of a subject/ discipline.

A critical understanding of a selection of the principal theories,concepts, and terminology.

Knowledge that is detailed in some areas and/or knowledge of one or more specialisms that are informed by forefront developments.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 9.

Using key skills and knowledge in a simulated professional context with some degree of unpredictability

Using a selection of the principal skills and techniques associated with addressing social issues through sport

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 9.

Identifying and analysing routine professional problems and issues connected with sport in society and drawing on a range of sources to propose solutions
Undertake critical analysis, evaluation and/or synthesis of ideas, concepts, information and issues
Draw on a range of sources in making judgements

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 9.

Using a range of I.T. applications to research, and then both formally and informally present in the subject discipline to a mixed audience.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
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Co-requisitesModule Code:
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* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
The teaching and learning approach in this module will employ formal lectures but will also utilise extended tutorial time to allow students to deepen understanding through problem based learning and case studies. Students will be encouraged to utilise simulated contexts to ensure applicable skill acquisition
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Lecture/Core Content Delivery18
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity18
Independent Study164
200 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:


Cashmore, E. (2005) Making Sense of Sport London: Routledge

Coakley, J. (2007) Sports in Society: Issues and Controversies International Edition London: McGraw-Hill


Coalter, F. (2007) A Wider Role For Sport: Who’s Keeping the Score? Oxon: Routledge

Horne, J., Tomlinson, A., Whannel, G. (1999) Understanding Sport: An introduction to the Sociological and Cultural Analysis of Sport London: Spon Press

Houlihan, B.[ed] ( 2007) Sports & Society: A Student Introduction 2nd Edition London: Sage

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Engagement Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement and Attendance Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on Moodle, and complete assessments and submit these on time.

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardSport and Exercise
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelSport & Exercise L7-11
ModeratorAngela Beggan
External ExaminerK McEwan
Accreditation Details
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Assessment 1. Online class test (Weighting 50%, LO 1 and 2)
Assessment 2. Written assessment based on the delivered module content. (2500 words; Weighting 50%, LO 3 and 4)
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Class test (written)check markcheck mark  502

Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Essay  check markcheck mark500
Combined Total For All Components100% 2 hours

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

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  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
This module is appropriate for any student. The learning activities include oral and written work, including the assessments, and where required appropriate student support will be put in place.
UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

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