Globalisation, Sport and Health


Syllabus for students autumn 2020, autumn 2019, autumn 2018

Course Code:
IV602G revision 1
Level of specialisation
Main fields of study:
Sport Sciences
Date of ratification:
29 November 2017
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Education and Society
Enforcement date:
03 September 2018

Entry requirements

Prerequisite courses for this course are: Courses: IV601G-Sport in Society - to Address Challenges.


The aim of the course is to identify the different and diverse ways in which global forces shape contemporary sport, physical activity and related health practices, and the inter-relationships of these. In an increasingly global world, the relationship between sport, physical activity and health is becoming more intertwined and complex, which increases the need for broader knowledge in the field.
During the course, students develop their ability to raise and address critical questions surrounding the ethical and political dimensions of sport, physical activity and health in a global context.


The course draws upon a number of international cases, to explore concepts of power, ethics and politics, within a global and local context. Specifically, the course will focus on the following:
-Global versus local economic and political forces that affect sports and health issues
-Globalisation and sport as a development and peace strategy focusing on health
-Globalisation of food, physical (in)activity and its connection to diabetes and obesity
The course draws upon real-world practical challenges that professionals and organisations meet in their daily lives. Particular attention will be focused on understanding the importance of cultural context at different levels.

Learning outcomes

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

  1. identify processes related to sport, physical activity and health at both micro and macro levels, and make comparisons between these,
  2. analyse the ethical and political issues related to the globalisation of sport, physical activity and health,
  3. formulate questions, discuss and critically evaluate the relationship between sport, physical activity and health in a global world,
  4. identify relevant competencies to work in the field of sport, physical activity and health in a global world.

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:
Paper, 6 hp (Paper, 6 credits), graded with the A-U scale. The exam assesses the learning outcomes 1, 2 and 3.
Portfolio, 1,5 hp (Portfolio, 1,5 credits), graded with the A-U scale. The exam assesses the learning outcome 4.
For grade A on the course, examination 1 should be graded A and examination 2, 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

Darnell, Simon (2012). Sport for development and peace: A critical sociology. A&C Black. (157 p.)
Houlihan, Barry & Malcolm, Dominic (eds.) (2016). Sport and Society. Third edition. London: Sage. (chapter 7 och 8, 41 of 582 p.)
Jackson, Steven J., & Steven Haigh (2013). Sport and foreign policy in a globalizing world. Routledge. (153 p.)
World Health Organization (2008). Closing the gap in one generation. WHO. (235 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 Sport Sciences.

Further information

Kutte Jönsson, Course Coordinator
Phone: 040-6658644
Paola Mendoza Frödin, Student Administrator
Phone: 040-6658225


31 August 2020 - 08 November 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