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International sport development

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Academic Direction
University of London
Modes of Study

This module provides students with knowledge of the ‘ever changing’ social and political contexts in which international sport development operates.

Students will critically examine the global structures, agencies, vested interest groups, stakeholders, sport facilities and consumers of international sport development interventions. The implications of participation in sport on, for example, health, community cohesion, facilities management, empowerment and overall social development will be examined.

Topics covered

  • Theorising sport development, sport participation and facilities management
  • The sport development policy process
  • The international development landscape – structures, stakeholders and governance
  • Conceptualising sport participation and provision of sport facilities
  • Trends and barriers in sports participation
  • Managing facilities for sport development
  • Sport and UN sustainable development goals
  • Generating and examining evidence in sport development

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module you will be able to:

  • apply relevant theoretical concepts, models and research to analyse the international provision and consumption of wide ranging sporting activities.
  • critically evaluate the complex issues and problems relating to the provision of sport opportunities, facilities and participation, locally, nationally and internationally.
  • synthesise broad sources of information, research and exercise judgement regarding the appropriateness of particular international sport development policies and management strategies.
  • demonstrate initiative in exploring the global sport development policies and strategies and to explore alternative approaches to the issues.
  • effectively communicate acquired knowledge of sport development theory, practice and management including promotion, sport participation and provision of facilities issues to a range of specialist and non-specialist audiences.


  • One infographic with supporting text of 500 words (30 per cent)
  • One 2,000-word policy document (70 per cent)