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HL20416: Sociology of sport, health & the body

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2018/9
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department for Health
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
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: CW 75%, OT 25%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • coursework (2500 words) (CW 75%)
  • online forum (5x5%) (OT 25%)
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 explore and analyse how individual sporting subjectivities, bodies and bodily practices are inextricably related to key sociological characteristics, such as socially defined class, 'race'/ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and dis/ability, particularly in relation to identities and differences.

Learning Outcomes:
On completion of this unit students should:
* Be able critically to discuss the relationships between sport, health, the body and the social context;
* Critically reflect on their `own sporting subjectivity and corporeal practices;
* Engage the reading, writing and interpretive skill required to make informed, insightful and imaginative contributions to the critical analysis of sport, health, the body and identity.


* 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
* The ability to apply critical reasoning through independent thought and judgment T/F/A
* The ability to interact effectively with others in order to work towards a common outcome. F

The following topics areas will be covered:
sporting embodiment, gendered sporting subjectivity; the 'racialised'/ethnicised' sporting body; the injured sporting body and identity work; (dis)ability and chronically ill bodies in sport; the lived sporting body and subjectivity.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

HL20416 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department for Health
  • UHHL-AFB11 : BA(Hons) Sport & Social Sciences (Year 2)
  • UHHL-AKB11 : BA(Hons) Sport & Social Sciences with Professional Placement (Year 2)
  • UHHL-AFB18 : BSc(Hons) Health and Exercise Science (Year 2)
  • UHHL-AKB18 : BSc(Hons) Health and Exercise Science with Professional Placement (Year 2)
  • UHHL-AFB20 : BSc(Hons) Sport Management & Coaching (Year 2)
  • UHHL-AKB20 : BSc(Hons) Sport Management & Coaching with Professional Placement (Year 2)
  • UHHL-AFM18 : MSci(Hons) Health and Exercise Science (Year 2)
  • UHHL-AKM18 : MSci(Hons) Health and Exercise Science with Professional Placement (Year 2)