Globalisation, Sport and Health
Globalisation, Sport and Health
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Faculty of Education and Society
Prerequisite course for this course is: IV601G Sport in Society - to Address Challenges
The aim of the course is to identify the different and diverse ways in which global forces shape contemporary sport, physical activity and related health practices, and the inter-relationships of these. In an increasingly global world, the relationship between sport, physical activity and health is becoming more intertwined and complex, which increases the need for broader knowledge in the field.
During the course, students develop their ability to raise and address critical questions surrounding the ethical and political dimensions of sport, physical activity and health in a global context.
The course draws upon a number of international cases, to explore concepts of power, ethics and politics, within a global and local context. Specifically, the course will focus on the following:
-Global versus local economic and political forces that affect sports and health issues
-Globalisation and sport as a development and peace strategy focusing on health
-Globalisation of food, physical (in)activity and its connection to diabetes and obesity
The course draws upon real-world practical challenges that professionals and organisations meet in their daily lives. Particular attention will be focused on understanding the importance of cultural context at different levels.
Upon completion of the course the student should be able to:
- identify processes related to sport, physical activity and health at both micro and macro levels, and make comparisons between these,
- analyse the ethical and political issues related to the globalisation of sport, physical activity and health,
- formulate questions, discuss and critically evaluate the relationship between sport, physical activity and health in a global world,
- identify relevant competencies to work in the field of sport, physical activity and health in a global world.
The course contains varied work formats that can consist of lectures, guest lectures, seminars, group exercises, study visits and self-study. The sessions that require compulsory attendance are announced at the start of the course.
The learning outcomes are assessed through a paper.
The grading criterion are announced at the start of the course.
Course literature and other study material
Darnell, Simon (2012). Sport for development and peace: A critical sociology. A&C Black. (157 p.)
Houlihan, Barry & Malcolm, Dominic (eds.) (2016). Sport and Society. Third edition. London: Sage. (chapter 7 och 8, 41 of 582 p.)
Jackson, Steven J., & Steven Haigh (2013). Sport and foreign policy in a globalizing world. Routledge. (153 p.)
World Health Organization (2008). Closing the gap in one generation. WHO. (235 p.)
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