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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 14/03/2022 10:58:53

Title of Module: Global Issues in Sport

Code: JOUR10002 SCQF Level: 10
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Business & Creative Industries
Module Co-ordinator:Elizabeth  McLaughlin

Summary of Module

Global Issues in Sport will study, analyse and evaluate the keys issues surrounding the world of sport, issues such as: doping concerns, funding of sports and sporting events. Students will be expected to debate, discuss and critically evaluate the role of sport in the wider social, political and cultural world and in particular how these issues are reported by the mass media. Students will also be expected to consider the ethical issues surrounding global issues in sport, for example: the arguments about performance enhancing drugs in sport, how different countries monitor and police drug taking in sport, Olympic Games bidding scandals. Through a series of student-centred discussions and presentation, co-created with the students and lecturer, you will be expected to evaluate global sports issues through media examples.You will also examine  the rules and regulations surrounding sport, paying particular attention to the bodies that govern sport in the UK and the layers of governance that concentrate on sports development.Teaching will include pre-recorded provokations and tutorials around the key issues and theories in the area of globalization and guest speakers will also be engaged with the learning. Engagement with symposia and international conferences will be part of the authentic assessment criteria.

Key content/scope covered in this module are:

  • Globalisation of Sport
  • Contemporary issues within the world of sport and sports journalism
  • Ability to read and research a range of academic materials which looks at the global impact of sport
  • Understanding of governing bodies of sport both UK and global
  • Globalisation of Sport

  • Contemporary issues within the world of sport and sports journalism

  • Ability to read and research a range of academic materials which looks at the global impact of sport

  • Understanding of governing bodies of sport both UK and global

Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully OnlineHybridCHybridOWork-based Learning
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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.

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

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.

Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Campus

Online with optional face-to-face learning on Campus

Work-based Learning
Learning activities where the main location for the learning experience is in the workplace.

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. Critically discuss key concepts and theories surrounding the surrounding the production and consumption of sport, globally.

L2. Critically evaluate the role of the media in communicating global issues in sport.

L3. Critically evaluate a range of information resources relevant to issues of sport at a global level.

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.

Critical understanding of principal theories, concepts surrounding global issues in sport
Demonstrating detailed knowledge in one or more areas of global sport and the media.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 10.

Executing an investigation into issues of global sport and journalism.
Interpretating and explaining complex policy issues relevant to global issues in sport.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 10.

Critically identifying and defining complex issues in global sport.
Demonstrating some originality and creativity in discussing controversial professional issues.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 10.

Communicating effectively and appropriately in speech and writing.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 10.

Working effectively, together with others in groups or teams, taking a leadership role where appropriate.
Dealing with complex issues in accordance with current professional practice.

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

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Learning and Teaching
Teaching will comprise a series of lectures, seminars and tutorials as well as online discussion forums. Students will receive a series of lectures that look at the key theories and issues around sport and globalization and these will be supported by required readings. The focus of the module will be critical and evaluative engagement with key texts within the context of current debates and discussions.
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)
Asynchronous Class Activity18
Lecture/Core Content Delivery18
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:

Brittain, I., Bocarro, J., Byers, T & Swart, K (2020) Legacies and Mega Events: Fact or Fairy Tales?, London, Routledge

Giulianotti, R (2015) Sport: A Critical Sociology, 2nd Edition, Wiley

Lawerence, S. & Crawford, G. (2018) Digital Football Cultures: Fandom, Identities and Resistance, Routledge.

Mottram, D & Chester, N (eds) (2022) (8th Edition), Drugs in Sport, London, Routledge

Nauright, J & Zipp, S (2020) Routledge Handbook of Global Sport, London, Routledge

O’Brien, J., Holden, R & Ginesta, X (2020) Sport, Globalisation and Identity: New Perspectives on Regions and Nations, London, Routledge

Students will also be strongly encouraged to read features, including specialist sports features in newspapers, magazines and online.

(**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 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 the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement procedure

Where a module has Professional, Statutory or Regulatory Body requirements these will be listed here:
Attending all scheduled classes and student presentations.

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardArts & Media
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelArts & Media
ModeratorDavid McGillivray
External ExaminerJohn Price
Accreditation Details
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
(LOs 1): Written submission (e.g. 2500 word critical essay drawing on theories of globalisation to assess coverage of a specific sporting story of the time) (40% of total marks)
(LOs 2 & 3): Seminar Presentation (3500 words) - (60% of total marks)
(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) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Essaycheck mark  400

Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Presentation check markcheck mark600
Combined Total For All Components100% 0 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
Aligned with the overall commitment to equality and diversity stated in the Programme Specifications, the module supports equality of opportunity for students from all backgrounds and with different learning needs. Using Moodle, learning materials will be presented electronically in formats that allow flexible access and manipulation of content. The module complies with University regulations and guidance on inclusive learning and teaching practice. Specialist assistive equipment, support provision and adjustment to assessment practice will be made in accordance with UWS policy and regulations. The University’s Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Policy can be accessed at the following link:

Our partners are fully committed to the principles and practice of inclusiveness and our modules are designed to be accessible to all. Where this module is delivered overseas, local equivalent support for students and appropriate legislation applies.

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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