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ED20453: Sport & culture in the global marketplace

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2012/3
Follow this link for further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Education
Follow this link for further information on credits Credits: 6
Follow this link for further information on unit levels Level: Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)
Follow this link for further information on period slots Period: Semester 2
Follow this link for further information on unit assessment Assessment: CW100
Follow this link for further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
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Follow this link for further information on unit content Description: Aims:
The aim of this unit is to further contextualise sport and physical activity by:
* introducing students to the multi-faceted concept of globalization in a manner that highlights its interrelated economic, political, and cultural components.
* critically examine the competing theories of global homogenization and global heterogenization, in order to ascertain the best way of understanding the necessary relationship between global processes and local experience.
* using a variety of national contexts to highlight and investigate patterns of diversity and similarity between various sporting cultures; particularly in terms of the derivation, structure, and experience of sport systems within specific national settings.
* developing an understanding of contemporary sport as being a complex expression of-sometimes competing, sometimes collaborating-global and local forces.

Learning Outcomes:
On completion of this unit students will be able to:
* Demonstrate a critical, theoretical, and contextually grounded understanding of contemporary sport.
* Demonstrate an advanced knowledge of the condition of late capitalism and its various constituents, including: the post-industrial economy; post-Fordist production; post-statist politics; post-modern culture; and, post-national geographies.
* Illustrate the explicit the connections between contemporary sport and the broader economic, technological, political, cultural, and geographic forces which shape society.
* Make use of a diverse theoretical vocabulary with which to interpret various aspects of contemporary sport.
* Engage the researching, writing, and interpretive skills required in order for students to make informed, insightful, and imaginative contributions to their field of study.
* Identify the derivations, structures, processes, and practices of globalization, as manifest within wider society, and sport in particular.
* Advance an understanding of globalization as a long-term, multi-causal, time-space implicated process, centered on the notion of conditions of accelerating and intensifying interdependency, which results in both intended and unintended consequences for both sport and society in general.
* Offer considered ideas relative to the power relations at work within globalizing processes, and subsequently develop an ethics of globalization.


* Read and synthesise information about a complex subject. F
* Organise information coherently, selecting a form and style of writing appropriate to complex subject matter. T/F/A
* The ability to apply critical reasoning through independent thought an judgement. F/A
* The ability to interact effectively with others in order to work towards a common outcome. F

The following topics will be covered:
* Theorizing Global Sport: Interconnectedness
* Global Sport Practices: Roots of the Global Sport System, An American Virus?
* Global Sport Peoples: Athletic Labour Migration, (Inter)National Celebrity Economy, Embodying Nation
* Global Sport Products: Relations of Global Sport Production, Transnational Sport Promotion, Corporate Nationalisms
* Global Sport Spectacles: The Global Battering Ram, Global Media Events
* Global Sport Spaces: Global Sport Cities.
Follow this link for further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

ED20453 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Education
  • UHED-AFB01 : BA (hons) Coach Education & Sports Development (Full-time) - Year 2
  • UHED-AKB01 : BA (hons) Coach Education & Sports Development (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 2
  • UHED-AFB08 : BA (hons) Sport & Social Sciences (Full-time) - Year 2
  • UHED-AKB08 : BA (hons) Sport & Social Sciences (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 2

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2012/13 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2013/14 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2012/13.
* 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.