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PHSE538 Advanced Sociology of Sport

Advanced study of sociological theories, methods and research related to sport.

PHSE 538 is an advanced paper in the socio-cultural analysis of sport. Although the paper focuses on sport, our analysis will encompass a wide range of physical cultural practices linked to various forms of human movement, including exercise, leisure and play. A wide array of contemporary issues are investigated, including: the nature of contemporary sport; the future of sport science and its impact on the human body; the politics of global sport; identities in sport - gender, masculinity, race and sexuality; sports violence; the culture of alcohol in sport; and the politics of sport rituals. Ultimately, the aim of the paper is to promote critical thinking and to encourage "new ways of seeing" that help inform our cultural values, attitudes, behaviours and policies.

Paper title Advanced Sociology of Sport
Paper code PHSE538
Subject Physical Education
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,590.98
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,357.07

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PHSE 206
PHSE 338
Limited to
BPhEd(Hons), PGDipOE, PGDipPE, MDanceSt, MPhEd
Other postgraduate students who have not met the normal entry requirements may be admitted with approval from the Dean of the School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences.
Suitable for students interested in the socio-cultural dimensions of sport
Teaching staff
Course Co-ordinator and Lecturer: Professor Steve Jackson
Paper Structure
The paper addresses topics including:
  • The nature of contemporary sport
  • The future of sport science and its impact on the human body
  • The politics of global sport
  • Identities in sport: gender, masculinity, race and sexuality
  • Sports violence
  • The culture of alcohol in sport
  • The politics of sport rituals
There is no compulsory text book. A reading list will be provided, most of which are available via Blackboard or electronically through the Central Library.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Critical thinking, Self-motivation, Communication.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
On completing the paper students will have:
  • Gained an appreciation of the complexity of popular cultural forms, such as sport, in the construction and reproduction of important cultural values, meanings, experiences and identities. In turn, you are encouraged to develop your own personal "politics of the popular"
  • Developed a critical understanding of contemporary cultural issues and problems within the sociology of sport
  • Developed a theoretically informed awareness of the ways in which identities and cultural practices are culturally constructed both within and outside of sport
  • Gained an understanding of the nature of intersecting identities, both locally and globally

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First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Wednesday 09:00-11:50 9-13, 15-16, 18-22