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350059 FS MSC.I - Research Seminar / Elective Seminar (2021S)

Sports, physical activity and sustainable development: from an inter- and transnational perspective

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 35 - Sportwissenschaft
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 20 participants
Language: English



This international seminar will be held online (Zoom).
Regular times: Wednesday, 14:00-16:00, Language: englisch

Preliminary Meeting: Wed, 17.3.2021: 18:00 - 19:30 (Vie, Lud)

Seminar schedule: Wed14:00-16:00
14.4. (Vie, Mal, Lud)
21.4. (Vie, Mal, Lud)
28.4. (Vie, Mal, Lud)
5.5. (Vie, Mal, Lud)
12.5. (Vie, Mal, Lud)
19.5. (Vie, Lud)
9.6. (Vie, Lud)
16.6. (Vie, Lud)

At the preliminary meeting (17.3.) one to two further dates (directly after the seminar) will be arranged.


Aims, contents and method of the course

This is an international seminar with teachers and students from the University of Vienna (AT), Malmö University (Sweden) and Ludwigsburg University of Education (Germany). The seminar will be held digitally (Zoom).

- Introduction to Global Goals of Sustainability (in Sports and PE)
- Education and Sport Systems (AT, GER, SWE)
- Concept of Path Dependence (Sport systems, sportification, ...)
- Ethics and sport sustainability (digitization, eSport, ...)
- Outdoor activities and health from a sustainability perspective (sustainable body, ...)

The first part of the international seminar (14.4.-12.5.) will be a mix of theoretical inputs by the seminar leaders combined with (international) group discussions by the students (AT, GER, SWE) and panel discussions with international guests.
In the second part of the seminar (19.5., 2.6., 9.6., 16.6.) students of AT and GER will work together and elaborate in smal international groups different issues concerning sustainability and sports. Topics will be distribuated in the beginning of the seminar and presented in this second part of the seminar.

Assessment and permitted materials

Cooperation and group discussions (20%)
Abstract and group presentation (31%)
Seminar paper (49%)

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

61-70% Genügend
71-80% Begriedigend
81-90% Gut
91-100% Sehr gut

Examination topics

Contents of the seminar (see above) integrated into the seminar paper.

Reading list

Further literature will be distributed in Moodle (for Austrian students).
Hofmann, A. (2019). eSports or the Disembodiment of Sport: A Threat to PE Classes? International Journal of Physical Education. A Review, 3, 32-42.
Hofmann, A., Rafoss, K., Rolland, C. & Zoglowek, H. (2018). Friluftsliv: A Way of Learning and Living in Nature. Münster: Waxmann.
Pargman, D.& Svensson, D. (2020). ‘Play as work: On the Sportification of Computer Games’. Digital Culture & Society (DCS), vol. 5, issue 2/2019, pp. 15-40. Special issue: Laborious Play and Playful Work I, eds. Pablo Abend, Sonia Fizek, Mathias Fuchs & Karin Wenz.
Redclift, M. & Springett, D. (2015). Routledge international handbook of sustainable development. New York: Routledge. (chpt 1).
Rauschmayer, F., Omann, I. & Frühmann, J. (2010). Sustainable development: Capabilities, needs and well-being. New York: Routledge,

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