Social Science for Sport & Exercise

Social Science for Sport & Exercise

Title of assignment: Unit 2 (70%) Essay, 2000 words

Select ONE question from the following options.

Option 1:         Many have said that ‘sport and politics do not mix’.  Discuss this statement using appropriate examples and reference to political ideology(ies).

Option 2:         Does inequality and/or discrimination still exist in contemporary sport contexts? Using social theory and appropriate examples, explain how one form of social inequality still exists in contemporary sporting contexts.

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To pass this coursework

Select ONE of the questions presented and address the marking criteria.  The topic chosen should be introduced using appropriate academic definitions for key concepts, and theoretical/political ideas.  The essay should identify an example to illustrate and/or emphasise the argument being made in the essay.  References should be made to academic sources (preferably academic journal articles) and key legislation and policy where appropriate.  The essay should also be summarised and points identified for social progression; that is what can we learn from this case study and the research provided.  All work must be referenced.

Criteria for assessment

  • Meets the assignment title and outline
  • Critical thinking and evaluation
  • Application of social/political theory and empirical research to the essay question/title
  • Structure and organisation of the work (logical flow of discussion and argument)
  • Clarity and quality of writing (grammar, spelling, and punctuation)
  • Presentation and formatting

Assessment will take the form of an essay of no more than 2,000 words (including in-text references, but excluding the reference list).

Scholarly (style) guidelines

  • Should follow a logical flow and organisation
  • Should be written in an academic style
  • Student’s understanding of the topic area should be evident
  • Grammar, spelling, punctuation should be of a high standard
  • References must be in an Abertay Harvard format.

Presentation of work to include:

A word-processed document with the following formatting:

  • double line spacing
  • a sans serif font of size 12
  • page numbering
  • Justified or left aligned text
  • A title page with the student’s name registration number, the title of the assessment and essay question chosen, module name/number and module leader’s name.

Plagiarism and study skills

Please refer to the Abertay University’s guidelines regarding plagiarism.  Help with referencing, grammar, avoiding plagiarism etc. is available from the study skills tutors available at the SEZ.  TurnItIn will be used to check your work.

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The below is the marking criteria:

OPTION ONE

Many have said that ‘sport and politics do not mix’.  Discuss this statement using appropriate examples and reference to political ideology(ies).

Introduction, (10%)

·         Provide a clear statement addressing the essay title

·         Provide a brief discussion around the relationship between sport and politics using appropriate literature to support points

·         Provide an overview of how you will approach the task – what example are you going to use (inc. country, time period etc.)? What political ideology is this example framed in?

Outlining the political ideology (20%)

·         Define and discuss the political system and/or ideology in which the example you’re providing sits.  Use academic sources to support your points.

·         Provide an overview of the wider socio-cultural context associated with the example(s) you will use, linked to the political ideology

The selection and discussion of a good and appropriate case study example to support the statement in the introduction (50%)

·         Provide a clear discussion of the sport/exercise example(s) that illustrates your argument (i.e. sport and politics do or no not mix).

·         Where possible draw upon elements of the political ideology to explain the example identified.

·         What, if any, legislation existed or now exists to promote change and how effective is this?

·         Academic journal articles providing commentary on this or similar events should be drawn upon to support your argument.

·         All points should be referenced using academic, peer-reviewed literature

·         Information discussed should be relayed back to the argument or point made about the overarching statement in the essay title

Conclusion (10%)

Provide a summary of the argument you have provided, referring back to your stance on the statement provided and key points within the main body.  Do not include new information.  Key sources should be cited where appropriate.

References (5%)

Recent and appropriate sources used and correctly cited in Harvard format or APA for psychology students

Style and format (5%)

The work should be presented as an academic essay, using headings and subheadings to aid structure and flow.  The marking criteria provides a guide for this, but the final essay should be a coherent piece.  Use appropriate terminology and academic style throughout; avoid colloquialisms and non-inclusive language.

 

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OPTION TWO

Does inequality and/or discrimination still exist in contemporary sport contexts? Using social theory and appropriate examples, explain how one form of social inequality still exists in contemporary sporting contexts.

Introduction, (10%)

·         Provide a clear statement addressing the essay question

·         Provide an overview of how you will approach the task – what form of inequality will you focus on, what example(s) from sport/exercise are you going to focus on (country, date etc.)?

·         Provide a brief discussion about the socio-historical context of the form of inequality you will focus on.  Use appropriate sources to support your points.

·         Define key concepts using appropriate sources (e.g., gender/ sex).

Outlining of social theory (20%)

·         Select an appropriate and logical social theory to understand the phenomenon you are focusing on.

·         Introduce the theory/theorist – how has their work contributed to sport/exercise? Draw upon journal articles where the theorists work has been used to support your points.

·         What are the key components of the theory or ideas?

The selection and discussion of a good and appropriate case study example to illustrate ongoing discrimination/inequality in sport/exercise (50%)

·         Provide a clear discussion of the sport/exercise example(s) that illustrates your argument (i.e. inequality/ discrimination still exist in sport).

·         Where possible link theoretical ideas identified above to the example identified.

·         What, if any, legislation existed or now exists to promote change and how effective is this?

·         Academic journal articles providing commentary on this or similar events should be drawn upon to support your argument.

·         All points should be referenced using academic, peer-reviewed literature

·         Information discussed should be relayed back to the argument or point made about the overarching statement in the essay title

Conclusion (10%)

Provide a summary of the argument you have provided (i.e. inequality/ discrimination does or does not exist in society/ sport and society), referring back to your stance on the question provided and key points within the main body.  Do not include new information.  Key sources should be cited where appropriate.

References (5%)

Recent and appropriate sources used and correctly cited in Harvard format or APA for psychology students

Style and format (5%)

The work should be presented as an academic essay, using headings and subheadings to aid structure and flow.  The marking criteria provides a guide for this, but the final essay should be a coherent piece.  Use appropriate terminology and academic style throughout; avoid colloquialisms and non-inclusive language.

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