Sociology of Sports and Leisure
Part of this Programme
Physical Education and Sport
Level of Qualification|Semesters|ECTS
Bachelor | Anual | 5
Year | Type of course unit | Language
2 |Mandatory |Português
Total of Working Hours | Duration of Contact (hours)
125 | 45
Recommended complementary curricular units
Prerequisites and co-requisites
The contents of the curricular unit are divided into five thematic units:
1. Introduction to the Sociology of Sport: Theoretical approaches to social action, research problems, concepts and notions.
2. Concept of Sport: The historicity of the sport in the context of social change, socio-genesis of modern sport, the democratization of sports practices ('sport for all'), physical activities and sports consumption.
3. Commercialization of Sport in the Global Market: Enhancing sports competition, professional market, mass media, major events and identities.
4. Habits and Trends of Sports Demand: Indicators of sports participation and demand, consumption, social profiles and affinities.
5. Sports Ethics, Principles / Conflicts: Fair play, true sports and independence of sports associations / corruption, doping and violence in sport.
i) Increase knowledge of sport in the social context; ii) Interpreting indicators of reading reality; iii) Relate the facts and understand trends; iv) Stimulate the ability of critical analysis and the exchange of ideas based on empirical reality; v) Create the interest in research.
Knowledge, abilities and skills to be acquired
The curricular unit provides theoretical tools of contextualization of the reality of sport in changing societies marked by the Globalization process, and the deepening of the changes and current trends in the sports phenomenon through sociological knowledge.
Teaching methodologies and assessment
Comprising the teaching methodologies are theoretical classes and theoretical-practices classes. In the theoretical classes, the program content will be presented by the professor through the use of audio-visual means (PowerPoint) stimulating the students to participate in reflection and debate of ideas. The theoreticalpractices classes will be organized by thematic content according to the program, anticipating the direct involvement of the students via expository oral presentations which constitute an integral part of the final evaluation, followed by debate. Evaluation is continuous, and based on the realization of a oral presentation (25%), the elaboration of critical essays on bibliography supporting theoretical lessons (25%), and a final written test (50%).
Elias, N. (1992), A Busca da Excitação. Lisboa: Difel.
Boxill, J. (ed.) (2006), Sports Ethics. An Anthology (3).Oxford: Blackwell Publishing.
Coakley, J & Dunning E. (eds.) (2000), Handbook of Sports Studies. London: Sage.
Dunning, E. et al.(eds.) (2002), Fighting Fans. Football Holliganism as a World Phenomenon. Dublin: University College Dublin Press.
Giulianotti, R. (2005), Sport a Critical Sociology. Cambridge: Polity Press.
Horne, J. (2006), Sport in Consumer Culture. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Maguire, J. et al. (2002), Sport Worlds. A Sociological Perspective. Champaign: Human Kinetics.
Marivoet, S. (2001), Hábitos Desportivos da População Portuguesa. Lisboa: INEFED.
Marivoet, S. (2002), Aspectos Sociológicos do Desporto (2). Lisboa: Livros Horizonte.
Marivoet, S. (2007), Ética do Desporto. Princípios, Práticas e Conflitos. Análise sociológica do caso português durante o Estado Democrático do século XX. Lisboa: ISCTE.