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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 28/04/2022 17:29:20

Title of Module: Policy & the Organisation of Sport

Code: JOUR09004 SCQF Level: 9
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Business & Creative Industries
Module Co-ordinator:Dr Kenneth  Pratt

Summary of Module

This module will examine the practical implications of delivering the ever-changing sports agendas of successive governments within the United Kingdom (UK) and Scotland. The module takes a chronological view of sport policy, political ideologies and the organisational development of sport. The delivery of sport policy is considered, with an emphasis on its theoretical debates in the UK and Scotland and how these policies cascade to devolved government, local authorities and sport governing bodies.

Further, the module will explore and examine the main role players from the public, private and voluntary sectors who influence the delivery of sport in a variety of ways to increase the levels of participation and performance from grassroots to elite.

Students will also identify and critically analyse how social-cultural, legal, economic and political factors can influence and impact on the delivery of sport in Scotland and explore how sport can positively contribute to people and their communities.  This will require students to create and produce professionally presented sport related analyses and reports. 

Indicative content (using lectures, guest lectures and small group seminars) will be explored through reading of case studies, international peer reviewed journal articles, government sport policies and related laws. The relationship between the principles and practices of the many organisations that contribute to the delivery of sport will be further examined in relation to people and communities. 

Overall, students will explore, examine and critically analyse the development and organisation of sport and its importance to the enhancement of society.  

Topics to include:

  • Political Ideology

  • UK and Scottish Sport Policy

  • Sport Governing Bodies

  • Main role players from the public, private and voluntary sectors

  • Sport and the Law

  • Sport and Communities

  • Urban and Economic Regeneration

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. Develop a critical understanding of the contemporary development and organisation of sport through a range of principles, principal theories, concepts and practices.

L2. Examine and communicate the interrelationships between sport, contemporary society and organisations in the public, voluntary and private sectors.

L3. Identify and analyse routine professional problems and issues in relation to the social-cultural, economic, legal and political factors that impact on the development of sport and communities.

L4. Appraise the process, planning and policy of sport, and interpret government policy and interaction with various agencies and governing bodies involved with sport provision in the UK and Scotland.

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.

Detailed knowledge and understanding in one or more specialisms some of which is informed by or at the forefront of a subject/discipline

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 9.

Use a range of the principal skills, practices and/or materials associated with a subject/discipline.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 9.

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

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 9.

Make formal presentations about specialised topics to informed audiences.
Communicate with professional level peers, senior colleagues and specialists.

Use a range of software to support and enhance work at this level and specify refinements/improvements to software to increase effectiveness.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 9.

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:
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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
Teaching will comprise a series of lectures, tutorials and practical workshops. Students will receive a series of lectures discussing historical background and contemporary issues of UK sport policy and law in relation to the public, private and voluntary sport sectors within the UK. This is also supported by guest lecturers from the UK sport industry that will help you to explore and learn about the opportunities within the constantly changing sport environment. The module will engage with individual practical writing and production workshops with the production of a sport journalism industry standard team video piece.
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:

Boyle, R. (2006) Sports Journalism Concepts and Issues, Sage Publishing

Collins M. (2010) Examining Sports Development, London: Routledge

Henry I and Ko, LM (2013) Handbook of Sport Policy Routledge London

Houlihan B. & White A. (2002) The Politics of Sports Development, Basingstoke: Macmillan

Houlihan B. (2014) The Government and Politics of Sport, London: Routledge

Hylton K. Bramham P. Jackson D. and Nesti M. (2009) Sports Development: policy, process and practice 2nd Ed, London: Routledge.

(**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:
Full attendance for all student presentations

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardArts & Media
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelArts & Media
ModeratorElizabeth McLaughlin
External ExaminerDr John Price
Accreditation Details
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Assessment 1. Individual portfolio of a range of written and audio reports (Weighting 50%, LO1 & 4)
Assessment 2. Class based team video report and presentation based on a contemporary problem or issue related to the organisation of sport in the UK or Scotland (Weighting 50%, LO2 & 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
Portfolio of written workcheck mark  check mark500

Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Creative output/ Audiotapes/ Videotapes/ Games/ Simulations check markcheck mark 500
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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