Sport sociology
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleSOW-SOB3025
Credits (ECTS)4
CategoryBA (Bachelor)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Social Sciences; Sociology;
dr. H. Bekhuis
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Contactperson for the course
dr. H. Bekhuis
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prof. dr. K. Breedveld
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Academic year2017
PER1  (04/09/2017 to 12/11/2017)
Starting block
Course mode
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
  • Learn to analyze sports (sportparticipation in particular) from a sociological perspective, learn to position debates over sport within larger sociological themes (e.g. social inequality, cohesion, modernization);
  • Develop an overview of the sportsector as a social practice (amount of people involved, organizations involved, economic and social significance) in different countries / parts of the worlds; learn to relate trends and developments in sport to broader social and cultural developments;
  • Learn to analyze sportpolicies from a sociological viewpoint;
  • Learn to apply the above knowledge to a specific theme, e.g. explaining differences in sportparticipation, by putting together a position paper on this subject; learn to search for and integrate relevant data and literature.
In this course students learn to apply a sociological perspective to a specific issue, in this case sports (sportparticipation in particular). Stimulating physical activity through sports is something that involves both central and local governments in most countries, as well as enterprises, schools and citizens (volunteers). Sports can rely on a great deal of sympathy, yet is also often the subject of anti-pathy and distrust. Sport touches upon broader issues such as health, social inclusion, lifestyles and identities, but also violence and aggression. That is what makes sports such a fascinating subject for sociological analyses.
In this course we will look at the origins of sports, its development into a full grown social practice, participation rates and explanations for non-participation, its connection to other fields such as public health and well being, and the available literature and datasets (e.g. Eurobarometers, Eurostat-data, ISSP). At the end of the course students have a better understanding of sociology and have learned to apply a sociological perspective to a specific theme, in this case to the field of sports.
Test information
Paper and written examination.

Should have passed at least a full year of prior study in the field of any of the social sciences or medicine.

Contact information
Prof. dr. K. Breedveld

Required materials
Different scientific articles and book chapters, course presentations.

Instructional modes

8 lectures, 2 hours per week and case study.

Paper and examination
Test weight1
OpportunitiesBlock PER1, Block PER2