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350300 VO BC1I - Fundamentals of Sociology of Sport (2020W)

3.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 35 - Sportwissenschaft


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


Language: German

Examination dates


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Wednesday 07.10. 11:00 - 12:30 ZSU - USZ I, Hörsaal 1 EG
Wednesday 14.10. 11:00 - 12:30 ZSU - USZ I, Hörsaal 1 EG
Wednesday 21.10. 11:00 - 12:30 ZSU - USZ I, Hörsaal 1 EG
Wednesday 28.10. 11:00 - 12:30 ZSU - USZ I, Hörsaal 1 EG
Wednesday 04.11. 11:00 - 12:30 ZSU - USZ I, Hörsaal 1 EG
Wednesday 11.11. 11:00 - 12:30 ZSU - USZ I, Hörsaal 1 EG
Wednesday 18.11. 11:00 - 12:30 ZSU - USZ I, Hörsaal 1 EG
Wednesday 25.11. 11:00 - 12:30 ZSU - USZ I, Hörsaal 1 EG
Wednesday 02.12. 11:00 - 12:30 ZSU - USZ I, Hörsaal 1 EG
Wednesday 09.12. 11:00 - 12:30 ZSU - USZ I, Hörsaal 1 EG
Wednesday 16.12. 11:00 - 12:30 ZSU - USZ I, Hörsaal 1 EG
Wednesday 13.01. 11:00 - 12:30 ZSU - USZ I, Hörsaal 1 EG
Wednesday 20.01. 11:00 - 12:30 ZSU - USZ I, Hörsaal 1 EG
Wednesday 27.01. 11:00 - 12:30 ZSU - USZ I, Hörsaal 1 EG


Aims, contents and method of the course

Goals: On the one hand, the students should know about the manifold relationships between sport and society, and on the other, they should be able to explain sport as a social phenomenon. In this sense, this introductory lecture imparts basic knowledge about the research area, and at the same time, sport sociological topics, theories and results of research are clearly illustrated and clarified by means of examples. At the end of the semester, the students should be able to think sociologically (develop a ‘sociological imagination’) and be able to systematically describe the contents below. They should learn to view sport from a special perspective, which requires a (self-)reflective kind of thinking.
• Theoretical principles of sociology of sport
• Sociology of sport as an empirical social discipline
• Connections between sport and culture, as well as sport and civilization
• Development of trend sports
• Socialization and sport
• Gender roles in sport
• Social stratification and engagement in sport (choice of sport, frequency of sport participation, etc.)
• Social group and sport (influence of group size, group cohesion, etc.)
• Social recognition in sport
• Sport identities
• Organization of sport (sport clubs, private sport providers, etc.)
• Sport spectators (identification with athletes, aggressive behavior, etc.)
• Mass media and sport (TV, newspapers, radio, internet)
• Economy and sport (sport sponsoring, sport marketing, etc.)
• Politics and sport

Methods: “Fundamentals of Sociology of Sport” is a lecture, in which discussions and the students’ active participation are central elements as well. The textbook written by the lecturer, “Einführung in die Sportsoziologie” (the English version, “Introduction to the Sociology of Sport”, will be published in January 2021), as well as other selected texts on sociology of sport should support the students and serve them as guidelines.

Assessment and permitted materials

Generally, the students are assessed by means of a written examination with multiple choice and single choice questions, as well as open questions about definitions, connections and examples. During on-site-examinations, no auxiliary materials are allowed.
If the examination is carried out online, it will consist of essay questions about two to three topics. Students are allowed to use auxiliary materials while writing these essays.
Examination dates:
1st date: end of the semester
2nd date: beginning of the following semester
3rd date: end of the following semester
4th date: four months after the third date
It shall be pointed out to the students that, if their positive grade had evidently been obtained by fraud (e. g. copying, plagiarism, use of unauthorized auxiliary materials, forgery, ghostwriting, etc.), the entire course will be classified as cheated and the attempt to take the examination will be counted (entry in U:SPACE: X = not assessed).

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

The assessment is carried out according to an operationalized scoring scheme.
Grading scale:
1-4 points: grade 1
5 points: grade 2
6 points: grade 3
7 points: grade 2
8 points: grade 1

Examination topics

See bibliography. The book "Einführung in die Sportsoziologie" (German version) is the most important basis.

Reading list

Extensive scripts, literature and materials will be provided.
Further, recommended literature:
Hammerich, K. und Heinemann, K. (1979). Texte zur Soziologie des Sports. Schorndorf: Hofmann.
Heinemann, K. (2007): Einführung in die Soziologie des Sports (5th, revised and updated edition). Schorndorf: Hofmann.
Hilscher, P., Norden, G., Russo, M. & Weiß, O. (2010). Entwicklungstendenzen im Sport (3rd edition) Vienna: LIT Verlag.
Norden, G. & Weiß, O. (2013). Sport. In R. Forster (Hg.), Forschungs- und Anwendungsbereiche der Soziologie (pp. 218-234). Vienna: Facultas.
Voigt, D. (1992). Sportsoziologie, Soziologie des Sports. Frankfurt am Main: Diesterweg.
Weiss, O. (1996). “Media Sports as a Social Substitution. Pseudosocial Relationships with Sports Figures.” In: International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 31(1), pp. 109-116.
Weiß, O. (2001). Identity Reinforcement in Sport. Revisiting the Symbolic Interactionist Legacy. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 36 (4), 393-405.
Weiß, O. & Norden, G. (2013). Einführung in die Sportsoziologie (2nd, revised and updated edition). Vienna: WUV.
Weiss, O., Norden, G., Nader, M. & Arnusch, F. (2016). “European Sport Index: the social significance of sport in 28 European countries.” In: European Journal for Sport and Society, 13(2), pp. 167-182.
Weiß, O. & Norden, G. (2021). Introduction to the Sociology of Sport. Brill.

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