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HL20474: Contemporary issues in sports performance

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: Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: EX 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • coursework (1500 words) (CW 50%)
  • examination (2 hours) (EX 50%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Coursework reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To develop a critical understanding of contemporary issues in the sports performance spectrum. To develop an understanding of pertinent areas within ethics and athlete lifestyle management, leading to analysis and evaluation of the impact of contemporary issues within sport.

Learning Outcomes:
By the end of this unit a student will be able to:
1. Identify key contemporary issues within sports performance.
2. Analyse and apply the key social theories that underpin ethical practice.
3. Analyse and apply key theories that underpin athlete lifestyle management.
4. Evaluate the impact upon sport of key issues arising from ethics and lifestyle management.

Communication, critical thinking, basic management skills.


* Introduction of contemporary themes related to ethics and athlete lifestyle management.
* Introduction to factors impacting upon athlete lifestyle.
* Transitions in sport.
* Dual career lifestyles.
* The impact of social media upon athlete profile.
* Critiquing codes of conduct.
* Issues surrounding the moral development of athletes.
* The impact of media on the construction of gender relations.
* Aggression and violence within sport.
* Issues surrounding the drugs debate in sport.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

HL20474 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department for Health
* 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.