Sports Psychology

Course - first cycle - 15 credits

Overview

Admission requirements

The special prerequisite for this course, besides basic eligibility for university studies, is fieldeligibility 6: Civics A and English B. Applicants are exempted from the Civics A requirement.

Selection:

credits 20% final grades 40% national university aptitude test 40%

Description

The course is an introduction to the theoretical and practical aspects of Sports Psychology. The purpose of the course is to provide the student with the basic knowledge of psychological factors and processes that influence the individual in sports. Focus is placed on a research-to-practice orientation that is used to prepare for sports performance.

Syllabus

For students spring 2012, autumn 2011, spring 2011, autumn 2010

Other semesters:

Course Code:
IF123E revision 2
Level of specialisation
G1N
Main fields of study:
No main fields
Language:
English
Date of establishment:
02 October 2007
Date of ratification:
02 October 2007
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Education and Society
Enforcement date:
31 August 2007

Course description

The course will give a basic understanding of the psychological factors and processes that affect the individual engaged in sports activities and of how this theoretical and practical knowledge can be applied in practical sports situations.
The course consists of two parts:
Part 1 Group dynamics in sports 7,5 credits
Part 2 Sports psychology at the individual the level 7,5 credits

Advancement in relation to the degree requirements

Single subject course.
Second subject within Teacher Education.

Entry requirements

The special prerequisite for this course, besides basic eligibility for university studies, is fieldeligibility 6: Civics A and English B. Applicants are exempted from the Civics A requirement.

Learning outcomes

Part 1 Group dynamics in sports 7,5 credits
After completing the course the student will be able to:
• explain group mechanisms and group psychology in a sports context
• reflect upon motivational psychology as applied to sports activities
• value various aspects of communication as a tool in sports
• formulate relevant constructs of exercise psychology
Part 2 Sports psychology at the individual level 7,5 credits
After completing the course the student will be able to:
• reflect upon various strategies of leadership in a sports context
• describe the basic concepts of arousal and stress in sports and exercise
• explain the psychological processes that have a special relevance to children’s
sports activities
• evaluate various aspects of psychological skills training

Assessments

Assessment of part 1 will include one individual home assignment, and one project report, based on the learning outcomes.
Assessment of part 2 will include one individual home assignment, and one project report, based on the learning outcomes.

Course content

Part 1 Group dynamics in sports
The focus in the first part of the course is on psychological aspects of groups and teams, including group psychology and its practical aspects, such as team building. Communication is seen as an essential tool for group formation, achievement and development, and the ways in which this tool can be used are examined. Motivation and psychological perspectives relating to sport and exercise activities is discussed and examined.
Part 2 Sports psychology at the individual level
The second part of the course continues with a consideration of sports psychology applied to the individual. The concepts of stress and effort are introduced, and the ways in which these can be managed in the sports context are discussed. The importance of socialising and creating proficient psychological conditions in children’s and youth sports is emphasised. Psychological skills training and the mental requirements for achievement are examined.

Learning activities

Lectures, group activities, seminars, practical exercises.

Grading system

Fail (U), Pass (G) or Pass with Distinction (VG). ECTS grading system can be used on students demand.

Course literature and other teaching materials

Buckworth, Janet & Dishman, Rod. K. (2002) Exercise Psychology. (330 pp.). Human Kinetics Publishers.
Carron, Albert. V. (2006) Group Dynamics in Sport (377pp). Fitness Information Technology.
Jarvis, Matt. (2002) Sport Psychology (169 pp.). Routledge.
Weinberg, Robert & Gould, Daniel.(2007) Foundations of Sport and Exercise Psychology. 4th Ed.(624 pp.) Human Kinetics Publishers.
Study material and articles equivalent to about 100 pages will also be required reading.
Appendix to syllabus:
Perspectives of Malmö University; Gender, Environment, Migration and Ethnicity

The perspectives of gender, environment, migration and ethnicity are looked upon when the student identifies and investigates relations between different actors in sport in relationship to different environments.

Course evaluation

The students will be able to give feedback through various kinds of evaluation tools that will be used during the course. This will encourage individuals to submit their thoughts on the contents of the course and the way it is conducted. The final element of the course will be a written evaluation, starting from the purpose of the course and the stated learning outcomes. These evaluations will be used as the basis for a final oral evaluation involving the students and the teacher responsible for the course.

Contact

Further information

Joakim Ingrell, Course Responsible
Phone: 040-66 58040
E-mail: joakim.ingrell@mah.se


The education is provided by the Faculty of Education and Society at the department Sport Sciences.