SPCO305-24S1 (C) Semester One 2024

Sociology of Sport

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 February 2024
End Date: Sunday, 23 June 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 3 March 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 12 May 2024


This course will provide students with the opportunity to examine the socio-cultural context of sport through a range of sociological perspectives relevant to sport coaching, physical education teaching and sport leadership and management. It identifies concerns with the ongoing development of sport as a social institution framed by tensions between the notion of sport as education and sport as business. Issues examined include the impact of globalisation, the commodification of sport, the influence of sport on young people, media-sport, and sport and gender.

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this course students should be able to:
1. Demonstrate orally and in writing an understanding of the social theories drawn in the course.
2. Critically examine and analyse the impact of the professional model of sport on ethical, moral and social development in youth sport.
3. Effectively explain the ways in which the process of globalization impacts upon coaching and the meaning of sport in New Zealand.
4. Provide examples of how tensions between local culture and the global culture of the sport industry are manifested in youth sport.
5. Compare and contrast the values and practice of Indigenous sport and professional sport and identify the influence of Indigenous knowledge and ways of learning on how Indigenous sport is played.
6. Outline and discuss how sport is part of society and its interactions with culture, class, gender and commerce.


Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 11:00 - 12:00 Rehua 009
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 14:00 - 16:00 E14 Lecture Theatre
19 Feb - 31 Mar
29 Apr - 2 Jun

Course Coordinator

Nick Maitland


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Presentation 50% Group presentation. Due over the semester
Essay 50% Individual essay

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $844.00

International fee $3,950.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

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All SPCO305 Occurrences

  • SPCO305-24S1 (C) Semester One 2024
  • SPCO305-24S1 (D) Semester One 2024 (Distance)