The socio-cultural study of sport has become ever more significant. Drawing upon two major areas of study within the socio-cultural study of sport, this degree focuses upon the sociology and ethics (philosophy) of sport, distinguishing this from other socio-cultural related sport programmes. The course content is informed by current and innovative research and has been praised for its scope and flexibility in the assessment that allows students to pursue and develop individual interests. In most cases, students' crafting of these ideas are applied to future career aspirations.
Learning & Teaching
All modules, with the exception of the independent research project (dissertation) module, are 20 credits. Allocated teaching timetabled (contact time) delivery for such modules usually equals a minimum of 30 hours of time supplemented with up to 60 hours of directed study time and 60 hours of independent study time. Contact time is usually made up of lectures, seminars, individual and group tutorials. Specific teaching methods include group discussion, individual reflection, video analysis, reading reviews and fieldwork tasks, make up the seminar tasks and lead lecture content. Student learning is supported through the use of virtual learning environment, Moodle, which provides additional resources to complement the reading lists. All students have access to a personal tutor (normally the programme director).
Employability & Careers
Awareness and knowledge of social issues by specialists in the field of sport is increasingly in demand where there is an interest in people. Sports sociologists and ethicists are sought after in a range of sport-related occupations that include; community sports development programmes, management of sport/leisure facilities in the private sector, sports administration roles and sports media.
Further, this programme is ideal for those with aspirations of a research career or continued study at PhD level and fosters a range of transferable skills
Applicants should normally have one of the following:
- An honours degree (2.1 or above ) in a sport or leisure related area appropriate to the pathway
- Candidates with exceptional and extensive work experience in education, coaching, leisure management or recreation will also be considered for entry to the pathway.
- An honours degree (2.1 or above) in an alternative discipline area that is acceptable to the programme leader.
Students are normally selected on the basis of their formal application, a CV and an interview.