Perspectives on Sport in a Changing World


Syllabus for students autumn 2019, autumn 2018

Course Code:
IV603G revision 1.1
Level of specialisation
Main fields of study:
Sport Sciences
Date of ratification:
18 October 2018
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Education and Society
Enforcement date:
12 November 2018
Replaces Syllabus ratified:
29 November 2017

Entry requirements

Prerequisite courses for this course are: Courses: IV602G-Globalisation, Sport and Health.


The aim of the course is to develop an understanding of the relationship between migration, urban conditions and sport in the context of a rapidly changing world. Both the possibilities and limitations of sport as potential facilitator for change are explored.


The course begins with the development of knowledge and understanding surrounding the current global processes of large scale migration and urbanisation. Following this, sport is problematised as a solution to the challenges of migration and urbanisation, such as segregation and exclusion. Theories and perspectives of migration, integration and urban processes in relation to sport and physical activity are explored.
During the course, urban based environments and initiatives where sport and physical activity are used to create social inclusion are analysed within both Scandinavia and internationally. Case studies are used to understand how different social structures are created, reproduced and changed in an urban sports context. The conditions, opportunities and limitations of sport as a developmental force in local, multicultural and urban environments are also discussed.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course the student should be able to:

  1. account for theories relating to migration and urban processes related to sport,
  2. analyse and evaluate, based on relevant issues, diversified urban sporting environments and sport initiatives to identify mechanisms of both inclusion and exclusion,
  3. critically discuss the possibilities and limitations of sport as developmental force in local, multicultural urban environments.

Learning activities

The course contains varied work formats that can consist of lectures, guest lectures, seminars, group exercises, study visits and self-study. The sessions that require compulsory attendance are announced at the start of the course.


The course is assessed through two examinations as follows:
Skriftlig Inlämningsuppgift (Written Essay, 3 credits), 3 hp; graded with the A-U scale. The exam assesses the learning outcome 1.
Inlämningsuppgift i portfolioform (Project Portfolio, 4,5 credits) 4,5 hp; graded with the A-U scale. The exam assesses the learning outcomes 2 and 3.
For grade A on the course, the second examinations should be graded A and the first examination, A or B.
Grading system: Excellent (A), Very Good (B), Good (C), Satisfactory (D), Pass (E) or Fail (U).
The grading criterion are announced at the start of the course

Grading system

Excellent (A), Very Good (B), Good (C), Satisfactory (D), Pass (E) or Fail (U).

Course literature and other teaching materials

Agergaard, Sine (2018). Rethinking sports and integration. Developing a transnational perspective on migrants and descendants in sports. Abingdon: Routledge. (110 p)
Gasparini, William and Cometti, Aurelie (2010). Sport facing the test of cultural diversity: Integration and intercultural dialogue in Europe, Analysis and Practical Examples. Strasbourg: Council of Europe. (80 p)
Houlihan, Barry & Malcolm, Dominic (red.) (2016). Sport and Society. Third edition. London: Sage. (chapter 4, 6, 9 10, 11, 125 of 582 p.)
International peer-reviewed literature. (100 p)
Material collected regarding practical cases. (100 p)
Additional literature:
Commission for a Socially Sustainable Malmö (2013). Malmö’s path towards a socially sustainable future. Malmö stad. (165 p)
Koch, Natalie (2016). Critical Geographies of Sport: Space, power and sport in global perspectives. Abingdon: Routledge. (272 p)
Wilcox, Ralph, C, Andrews, David L., Pitter, Robert and Irwin, Richard (eds) (2012). Sporting Dystopias: The Making and Meanings of Urban Sport Cultures. Albany: SUNY Press. (298 p)

Course evaluation

The University provides students who participate in or who have completed a course with the opportunity to make known their experiences and viewpoints with regards to the course by completing a course evaluation administered by the University. The University will compile and summarize the results of course evaluations as well as informing participants of the results and any decisions relating to measures initiated in response to the course evaluations. The results will be made available to the students (HF 1:14).

Course reports


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

Further information

Karin Book, Course Coordinator
Phone: 040-6658123
Paola Mendoza Frödin, Student Administrator
Phone: 040-6658225


11 November 2019 - 19 January 2020 Day-time 50% Malmö This course is offered as part of a program

Tuition fees

for non-EU students only

First instalment: 10000 SEK
Full tuition Fee: 10000 SEK