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Introduction to the Study of Sport and Leisure in Society

Course Code: SPSC 1105
Faculty: Science & Technology
Department: Sport Science
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture, Seminar, Online
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course introduces the study of sport and leisure in society. Students will develop critical thinking skills while considering the social, cultural, political and economic structures of sport in contemporary society.

Course Content

1. Defining sport, physical activity and leisure from a socio-cultural perspective, incorporating key terms and concepts, such as:

  1.1 The sociological imagination

  1.2 Agency vs. structure

  1.3 Ideologies

  1.4 The sport ethic

2. Sociological theories and perspective on the study of sport, such as:

  2.1 Functionalism

  2.2 Hegemony

  2.3 Conflict theory

  2.4 Critical theory

  2.5 Interactionism

  2.6 Feminist theories

  2.7 Post-structuralism

3. Sport and education
4. Children and youth sport
5. Sport and social class
6. Sex, gender and sexuality in sport
7. Race and ethnicity in sport
8. Sport and the media
9. Sport, violence and deviance
10. Sport politics and policy
11. Sport, globalization and nationalism/identity

Methods of Instruction

May include the following:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Peer-led
  • Field-trips
  • Case-study analysis
  • Problem-based
  • Inquiry-based
  • Small-group
  • Experiential learning
  • Guest speakers
  • Technology assisted learning
  • Hybrid

Means of Assessment

Evaluation will be carried out in accordance with Douglas College policy. The instructor will present a written course outline with specific evaluation criteria at the beginning of the semester. Evaluation will be based on the following:

Individual/small group project 15-25%
In-class/online discussion forums 0-25%
Mid-term exam(s) 15-40%
Group project 15-40%
Professionalism and class contributions 0-10%

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate critical thinking skills in relation to topics in the area of sport and leisure.
  2. Demonstrate a basic understanding of key theoretical approaches to the study of sport in society and how to apply them to study relevant issues and phenomena in sport.
  3. Identify and discuss issues in sport and leisure as they relate to societal values, education, sporting ideologies, social class, gender, race/ethnicity, identity, politics, the economy and the media.
  4. Identify ways leisure and sport experiences can both enable and constrain the development of individuals and society.
  5. Discuss future possibilities in the field of sport and leisure from a sociological perspective.

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.