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Session: 2021/22

Last modified: 11/11/2021 15:55:17

Title of Module: Global Issues in Sport Development

Code: SPOR10025 SCQF Level: 10
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Health and Life Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:Eilidh  Macrae

Summary of Module

This module will critically examine global sport development issues with a focus on the 21st Century, covering key theoretical concepts, perspectives and practices.

Students will build on the knowledge and understanding gained from Level 9 modules exploring topics such as; sport and the media, sport policy issues, sport events, adventure sport and sport tourism.

Although the module is holistic in approach certain elements will be broken out and explored in depth i.e. examining why sport development is used as a catalyst for political, economic, socio-cultural and environmental purposes.  This is evidenced through the hosting of mega sporting events (e.g. Olympic Games, FIFA World Cup, The Ryder Cup, etc.). However, various impacts increasingly influence the development of sport(s) and this can be both positive and negative, depending on the media reporting of such mega events, for example some governments can influence sport development by manipulating the media, the generation of output and its people.

Students will develop various skills; transferable - gained by team and individual working, communication - through verbal presentations using a variety of media, academic posters, role play and debates.  This encourages and empowers students to question and have open discussion with peers through informed opinion based on knowledge and understanding of the global contemporary issues of sport development.

This module also develops students in relation to the 'I am UWS' Graduate Attributes:

Universal - Critical Thinker, Culturally aware and Collaborative

Work Ready - Problem-solver, Effective communicator and Potential Leader

Successful - Innovative, Imaginative and Daring



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. Evaluate contemporary global issues which impact on sport development using relevant current examples.

L2. Identify and critically analyse the potential political, economic, socio-cultural and environmental factors which impact on the delivery of sport development.

L3. Contrast mega-events, the rise of corporate and mixed media control and the effects of "globalisation".

L4. Critically evaluate formally and informally contemporary sport development issues via group tutorial and seminar presentations to informed audiences.

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 10.

• A critical understanding of the principal theories, concepts and principles.
• Detailed knowledge and understanding in one or more specialisms some of
which is informed by or at the forefront of a subject/discipline.
• Knowledge and understanding of the ways in which the subject/discipline is developed,

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 10.

Use a range of the principal skills, practices and/or materials associated with a
Use a few skills, practices and/or materials which are specialised, advanced, or
at the forefront of a subject/discipline.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 10.

Offer professional level insights, interpretations and solutions to problems and issues

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 10.

Make formal presentations about specialised topics to informed audiences.

Communicate with professional level peers, senior colleagues and specialists

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 10.

Practise in ways which show a clear awareness of own and others’ roles and responsibilities.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
Module Code:
Module Title:
Other:Sport Policy
Co-requisitesModule Code:
Module Title:

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
Formal tutor-led lectures and student-led tutorials and seminars will be the main form of learning and teaching of this module. However, it is hope that invited guest lectures will also contribute to the "real life" understanding of issues that relate to contemporary global issues of sport development.
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 Activity24
Independent Study158
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:


Houlihan B. & Malcom D.(2016) 3rd Ed. Sport and Society, London: Sage Publications

Palmer C. (2013) Global Sports Policy, London: Sage Publications


Gratton C. & Henry I. (2001) Sport In The City, London: Routledge

Hinch T. & Higham J. (2011) 2nd Ed. Sport Tourism Development, Oxford: Butterworth-Heinemann

Maguire J. (1999) Global Sport - Identities, Societies, Civilisations, Cambridge: Polity

Roche M. (2000) Mega-events Modernity Olympics and Expos In The Growth of Global Culture, London: Routledge


Journal of Sport Management

Leisure Studies

Managing Leisure

(**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
ModeratorRebecca O'Hanlon
External ExaminerK McEwan
Accreditation Details
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Assessment 1. A group practical assessment. Students will lead a group seminar on a related theme. (Weighting 40%, LO 1 and 4)
Assessment 2. A written essay of a specified area (Weighting 60%, LO 2 and 3)
(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
Presentationcheck mark  check mark402

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 mark 600
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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