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HL10448: The politics of sport

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 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • assignment (2000 words) (CW 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:
The aim of this unit is to examine the contemporary politics of sporting events. It explores major sporting events (such as the Olympic Games, World Cups, Commonwealth Games, Gay Games) from a number of different social science perspectives and takes a multi-disciplinary, thematic approach to understanding the key issues. The main focus is on analysing the cultural, sporting, political, and, economic significance of sporting 'mega-events'.

Learning Outcomes:
In the completion of the unit, students will be able to:
1. Describe the process and identify the key issues involved in bidding for, planning and staging sporting mega-events.
2. Understand the economic, environmental and social impact of previous events and identify lessons for the future.
3. Understand the economic, political, sporting and cultural significance of sporting mega-events.
4. Explore the utility of the major sporting events in contributing to the achievement of national and regional political, economic and social objectives.
5. Engage with issues of governance, sustainability, social equity and ethics in the context of sporting mega-events.


* Analysis of research and reflection (F/A)
* Independent work (F)
* Qualitative research skills
* Written communication (A)
* Integrated, cross-disciplinary, intercultural understanding of sport and politics (F/A).

Students will study:
* From mega-event to sporting spectacle
* Politics and sporting events in historical perspective
* Bidding, planning, staging and evaluation phases
* roles of key stakeholders
* Politics, power, nationalism and international relations
* Cultural politics of mega-events: gender, (dis)abilities, and sexualities
* Mega-events: National and local policy objectives - sport, tourism culture, economic development and urban regeneration
* The economics of the mega-events - costs and benefits, winners and losers
* Ethics, social equity, sustainability and governance
* Measuring the impact & legacies of mega-sporting events.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

HL10448 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.
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