Class Sports Sociology

  • Presentation


    The curricular unit (CU) Sociology of Sport and Physical Activities is part of the 1st cycle of the Sport and Physical Education course. It aims to transmit the main concepts and theories of sociology applied to the universe of sport. It is intended that students analyze some essential aspects of the sports experience with a sociological view. The development of a focused view at the sports reality as a social fact will allow students to stimulate the capacity for critical reflection on various social dimensions of the sports universe. Throughout this CU it is also intended that students identify how sociology is applied as a science and the importance of sport for the study of society.

  • Code


  • Syllabus


    Program Content (PC) I. Sociology of Sport

    1. From the origins to the current state of the sociology of sport.

    2. Study objects.

    3. Fundamental concepts.


    PC II. Social meaning of sport

    1. Sport as a social fact.

    2. Sports social agents.

    3. Social representations of sports - Sports and inclusion


    PC III. Sociological approach of sports

    1. Doping.

    2. Fans, fanaticism and hooliganism.

    3. Show.

    4. Sport and media.

    5. Sport in the consumer society.

    6. Sport, politics and nationalism.

    7. Social inclusion through sport.

    8. Life stories of sports heroes.

    9. Sport and racism.

    10. Sport and gender.



  • Objectives


    The aim of this curricular unit is:

    LO1) To teach the main sociological concepts and theories with pertinence to sport's and physical activities universe.

    LO2) To encourage the students to look to sport's reality as a social fact.

    LO3) To encourage the students to think on their own knowledge and empirical experience concerning sport and physical activities, particularly in sociological dimensions.

    LO4) To analyze some essential aspects of sports experience through the sociological look, such:  doping; hooliganism; spectacle; sport and media; sport and racismo; sport and gender, etc..

    LO5) To develop in students the ability of design a research project in social sciences based on empirical reality as well as on theoretical learnings about sport and physical activities.

  • Teaching methodologies and assessment

    Teaching methodologies and assessment

    Different teaching methodologies (ME) will be used: Expository classes (ME1), Resolution of practical cases (ME2), Flipped classroom (ME3), Bibliographical research (ME4), Game-based activities (ME5), Activities in small group (ME6), Pedagogic feedback (ME7), Project construction (ME8).

  • References


    Giddens, A. (2013). Sociologia (9ª edição). Lisboa: Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian
    Delaney, T. e Madigan, T. (2021). The Sociology of Sports: An Introduction, 3d ed.

    Jefferson (NC): McFarland & Coakley, J. (2016). Sports in Society: Issues and Controversies (12th edition). New York: Mc GrawHill
    Campenhoudt, L. V., & Quivy, R. (2008). Manual de investigação em ciências sociais. Lisboa: Gradiva

    Rosa, V. (2017). Desporto e Sociedade. Lisboa: Bubok.

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