SPCO305-19S1 (D) Semester One 2019 (Distance)

Sociology of Sport

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 18 February 2019
End Date: Sunday, 23 June 2019
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 1 March 2019
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 10 May 2019


This course will provide students with the opportunity to examine the socio-cultural context of sport through a range of theoretical sociology perspectives and apply this knowledge to a variety of coach education contexts. Sociological theories will be drawn upon to analyse contemporary sport and sport coaching issues including a critique of the obesity epidemic, the sporting body, youth culture and coach implications, and the impact of globalisation on sport and sport coaching practices. The course will critically examine how sport can be educational, empowering and emancipatory.

For 2019 this course will provide students with the opportunity to examine the socio-cultural context of sport through a range of sociological perspectives relevant to sport coaching, physical education teaching and sport leadership and management. It identifies concerns with the ongoing development of sport as a social institution framed by tensions between the notion of sport as education and sport as business. Issues examined include the impact of globalisation, the commodification of sport, what sports influence on young people, media-sport and sport and gender.

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this course students should be able to:
1. Demonstrate orally and in writing an understanding of the social theories drawn in the course.
2. Critically examine and analyse the impact of the professional model of sport on ethical, moral and social development in youth sport.
3. Effectively explain the ways in which the process of globalization impacts upon coaching and the meaning of sport in New Zealand.
4. Provide examples of how tensions between local culture and the global culture of the sport industry are manifested in youth sport.
5. Compare and contrast the values and practice of Indigenous sport and professional sport and identify the influence of Indigenous knowledge and ways of learning on how Indigenous sport is played.
6. Outline and discuss how sport is part of society and its interactions with culture, class, gender and commerce.


1) SPCO208, or
2) enrolment in GradCertSpC, or
3) approval of Programme Coordinator.

Course Coordinator

Richard Light


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Presentation 40% Group. Due over the semester.
Essay 24 May 2019 40% Individual. Due 24 or 31 May.
Participation 20% Contribution to post-presentation discussion.

Textbooks / Resources

Required readings will be provided through the course Learn site.

Recommended Readings:
Coakley, J., Hallinan, C., Jackson, S. & Mewett, P. (2009). Using social theories. In Sports in society: Issues and controversies in Australia and New Zealand. North Ryde, NSW: McGraw-Hill.

Coakley, J., Hallinan, C., Jackson, S. & Mewett, P. (2009). Sports policy, politics and globalisation. In Sports in society: Issues and controversies in Australia and New Zealand. North Ryde, NSW: McGraw-Hill.

Jackson, S. Scherer & Silk, M. (2007). Globalisation and sport in Aotearoa/New Zealand. In C. Collins and S. Jackson, (eds.). Sport in Aotearoa/New Zealand society (2nd Ed.), North Shore, NZ: Thomson.

Journals include;
Sport in Society
International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching
Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy
Sociology of Sport Journal
Sport, Education and Society
Journal of Teaching in Physical Education
Physical Education in New Zealand Journal
Journal of Social Issues in Sport
Journal of Philosophy in Sport

Additional Course Outline Information

Academic integrity

All forms of cheating and dishonest practice are taken seriously and penalties will result. Students should refer to General Course and Examination Regulation J: Dishonest Practice and Breach of Instructions.

Assessment and grading system

Grading Scale
Grade    GPA Value        Marks
A+              9            90 – 100
A                8            85 – 89.99
A-               7            80 – 84.99
B+              6            75 – 79.99
B                5            70 – 74.99
B-               4            65 – 69.99
C+              3            60 – 64.99
C                2            55 – 59.99
C-               1            50 – 54.99
D                0            40 – 49.99
E               -1             0 – 39.99

A pass is 50 marks and over.


Due to the carefully planned learning progressions within courses and the workshop type nature of most on-campus classes, all on-campus students are expected to attend all sessions. Distance students should watch recorded sessions, and interact with other material provided by their lecturer shortly after it is made available through LEARN or other methods. This will ensure that you do not miss vital information which will allow you to make sense of the course content. If you are going to miss on-campus classes you are expected to email the course lecturer, catch up on missed work through classmates, view recordings, readings and other supplementary material provided.  In special cases, the course lecturer may provide additional support for you.


Students will be asked to complete course evaluations, and will have the opportunity to provide feedback during their courses. Surveys are conducted electronically and are confidential. The College of Education, Health and Human Development will conduct regular graduate surveys.

Grade moderation

All course assessments in the Bachelor of Sport Coaching are internally moderated.  A sample of your work may be used as part of this moderation process. Regular examiners meetings monitor the distribution of final grades in courses and adjustments are made if necessary to ensure reasonable consistency and comparability of course grades.

Late submission of work

An assessment is late if it is handed in after the due date, without a formal extension.  If an assessment is submitted after the due date, 5% will be deducted from the final grade for every day the assessment is late.  No assessments will be accepted after a period of 3 days after the due date, unless an extension has been granted.


The Award regulations for the Bachelor of Sport Coaching can be found within the UC Calendar.  The UC calendar is available online at:
The specific Award regulations for the degree can be found at: http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/regulations/award/bspc_regs.shtml
The College of Education Health and Human Development assessment guidelines, which contain specific information regarding the College grading scale, late work, extensions, submission of work, reconsideration of grades, Special Consideration procedures, academic integrity, and moderation of assessment can be found at:
The specific assessment details for each course, including assessment dates, can be found on the Courses, Subjects and Qualifications website: http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/courses

Other specific requirements

All written assessment tasks and presentations must be referenced according to APA convention. (Information relating to APA referencing can be obtained from both the Central and Education Libraries.) Most assignments must be submitted online. Online submission requires students to formally acknowledge that what they are submitting is their own work. Hardcopy submissions must be accompanied by a completed cover sheet (available from the course lecturer).

Requests for extensions

Students who cannot complete assessments by the due date should discuss their situation with the course lecturer. Where circumstances are known in advance, the student should discuss these with the course lecturer at least one week days prior to the assessment due date. In circumstances where this is not appropriate, the student should discuss their situation with the course lecturer as soon as possible.


To pass this course you are required to gain an overall average grade of C- (50%) or better across all assessments. No resubmissions are available for this course.

Special Consideration

Students wishing to apply for Special Consideration should refer to this link for further information: http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/exams/special-consideration.shtml

Partial Exemption from Assessment

If you are wishing to apply for partial exemption from assessment in a course (e.g. if you are repeating a course and you have have previously passed one or more assessments from within the course, and do not wish to write this assessment again) you may apply for this using the form: Application for Partial Exemption from Assessment

Where to submit and collect work

Electronic Submission via LEARN (all on campus and distance students)
All students must submit their assessment via the online assessment system in the Learn (Moodle) class site, on or before the due date.  All submitted assessment work will be screened by the software Turnitin, to check for plagiarism.  There is opportunity for students to submit a draft report to monitor levels of plagiarism prior to the final submission for marking.

It is the responsibility of the students to check their Internet access and ability to submit their work via the online system.  Any technical difficulties should be notified well in advance of the due date so that assistance can be provided or alternative arrangements can be negotiated. If you require assistance, please email ictservicedesk@canterbury.ac.nz, or phone 03 369 5000.

Hard Copy Submission for On-Campus Students
Where your course lecturer requires a hardcopy submission, on campus students’ assignments are to be submitted with a cover sheet to the Sport & Physical Education office, (behind the Rec Centre) by 5.00pm, or by the time directed by the course lecturer, on or before the due date. Please use the drop box placed at the entrance to School office. Distance students will receive specific instructions from their course lecturer. Marked assignments will be returned directly from the lecturer.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $761.00

International fee $3,188.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see School of Health Sciences.

All SPCO305 Occurrences

  • SPCO305-19S1 (C) Semester One 2019
  • SPCO305-19S1 (D) Semester One 2019 (Distance)