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The Purpose of the Sociology of Sport: Challenges and Opportunities

BSA Sport Study Group Teaching and Research Workshop

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Wednesday 23 September, Solent University, Southampton

This one-day workshop aims to provide a space for sociologists of sport to discuss their teaching curriculum, methods and share good practice. We consider this to be particularly valuable in an era of research metrics where, how, and what we teach is not always as valued (other than by crude metrics). Yet we have much to learn from each other, through discussing how we navigate justifying our subject, how we engage students with sociological theories, methods, and social justice to develop our own professional teaching practice and curricula. 

We understand one of the key challenges in teaching the sociology of sport is making the subject relevant and applied to students who may have not chosen to study sociology, and whose experiences and interests may be more aligned to practical subject areas. Sociologists who research and teach on the sociology of sport may also be isolated, in wider subject groups which specialize or prioritize other academic disciplines applied to sport. This workshop programme is interactive and provides a space for shared learning.

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Programme of events

Morning session

Coffee and registration


Sociology of Sport and Social Justice
Jayne Caudwell

11.15am - 12.15pm
Sociology of sport and relevance to students and sport colleagues
Chair: Philippa Velija (Solent University)
Panel: Kola Adeosun (Solent University), Alex Channon (Brighton University), Jess Macbeth (UCLan)


Afternoon session

Putting gender and sexuality on the sports curriculum
Philippa Velija and Catherine Phipps (Solent University)

Sharing our sociology curriculum
Facilitated by the organisers, please can all attending bring their current sociology of sport curriculum for a sharing workshop (we will provide a template to help with this). The aim is to share and discuss what we teach on our various sociology of sport modules.


Methods of delivery and assessment
Facilitated by the organisers, this interactive session aims to focus on how we teach and explore different methods. We have two case studies on:

  • Enquiry based learning - Mark Mierzwinski (York St John University)
  • Microsoft Teams - Jess Macbeth and Andy Sprake (UCLan)

Close of events, evaluation and discussion for future sessions.


Register online to secure your place

BSA members: £40
Students: £25
Non members: £55

Registration fee includes coffee, refreshments and lunch.

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Conference location

Solent University, The Spark Building, East Park Terrace, Southampton, SO14 0YNStudents in the atrium of our Spark building

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Our courses

Solent University's School of Sport, Health and Social Sciences offers more than 11 undergraduate sport programmes and over 1,000 students a year study a sport-related subject.

The Sociology of Sport is taught as a core module across several undergraduate degrees, from physical education to football studies.

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Our facilities

Solent has excellent facilities for our students across all subject areas.

For our sports students, our new Sports Complex has a fully-equipped teaching gym and physiotherapy suite, and our sports science labs offer students the opportunity to use industry-standard equipment as part of their learning.

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