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The Purpose of the Sociology of Sport: Challenges and Opportunities

BSA Sport Study Group Free Online Teaching and Research Workshop

23 September 2020

About the Event

This online one-day workshop will provide a space for sociologists of sport to discuss their teaching curriculum, methods and share good practice. With the move to online and blended learning this is an excellent time to come together and share and learn from our fellow sociologists. 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. This challenge may be exacerbated by online delivery methods.

This workshop programme is online, free, interactive, and provides a space for discussion and dialogue.

Programme of Events

Morning session
10-10.20am - Registration (log in), Welcome to the event

10.20-11am - KEYNOTE
Sociology of Sport and Social Justice
Jayne Caudwell

11.15am-12.30pm - PANEL
Why teach the sociology of sport and how is it relevant to students and other sport colleagues?
Chair: Philippa Velija (Solent University)
Panel: Kola Adeosun (Solent University), Alex Channon (Brighton University), Jess Macbeth (UCLan)
We will ask those joining the event to email their questions in advance.


Afternoon session
1.30-2.30pm - WORKSHOP 1
Sharing our sociology curriculum
Facilitated by the organisers, this workshop will ask those taking part to send their curriculum in advance - will we provide a template and collate this for a group chat discussion and dialogue.

2.30-3pm - Break

3-4pm - WORKSHOP 2
Methods of delivery
Facilitated by the organisers, this session aims to focus on how we teach and explore people who have utilised these on their modules.

  • 3-3.30pm: Using Microsoft Teams with students - Jess Macbeth and Andy Sprake (UCLan)
  • 3.30-4pm: Enquiry-based learning online - Mark Mierzwinski (York St John)

Teaching remotely
Group discussion and sharing of ideas questions to those in Workshop 2

4.30pm - Close of events, evaluation and discussion for future sessions

5-6pm - Online social event


This event is free of charge, however, registration is required.