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HL10358: Historical & contemporary issues in sport, physical activity & the body

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2014/5
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department for Health
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Certificate (FHEQ level 4)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: EX 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Examination (2 hours) (EX 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To understand the sporting present through addressing the relationships between the present and historical sporting structures and subjectivities.

Learning Outcomes:
After completing this Unit students will be able to:
* Critically review the structures and processes that 'made' modern sports;
* Understand contemporary body / health issues in relation to the past;
* Recognise our present moment in relation to the past;
* Explore how historically based class, gender, sexual preference, race, ethnicity and regional / national identities, experiences or subjectivities have shaped the sporting world, and indeed how sport has shaped individual subjectivities.

The following key skills are either taught and/or facilitated (T/F) or assessed (A) in this unit:
Ability to develop rigorous arguments through precise use of concepts and models. T/F/A
Ability to select and use appropriate ideas to produce a coherent response to a pre-set question. T/F/A
Ability to select, summarise and synthesis written information from multiple sources. T/A
Comprehensive and scholarly written communication. A

Perspectives on studying histories of sport, thereby addressing methods of investigation, ontological and epistemological issues surrounding historical knowledges; developing a critical sports history that questions the 'politics' of historical writing and understanding and enquires into operations of power at particular points throughout history. Structural History of Sport: The pathways to modern sport, the various political, economic, technological, and, social contexts that shaped sport at different historical moments, the body politics and cultivation of the corporeal that emerged during periods of antiquity (in Greece and Rome), the continuities and discontinuities of Medieval and Renaissance physical cultural practices, the role of industrialisation and urbanisation and the impact of commodification, mediation and celebritisation. Sporting Subjectivities: An exploration of the performance of class based differences, racial, sexual, gendered, politics and identities on, in, and, through the historically located physical body.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

HL10358 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department for Health
  • UHHL-AFB11 : BA(Hons) Sport & Social Sciences (Year 1)
  • UHHL-AKB11 : BA(Hons) Sport & Social Sciences with Professional Placement (Year 1)

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2014/15 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2015/16 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2014/15.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.