Physical Education, Sports, Culture and Society, winter/spring 10SPORTW

Course Objectives

Acquiring insight into exercise, sport and outdoor activities as social phenomena, from Norwegian and international perspectives.

Creating an understanding of physical education, sport and outdoor activities by comparing and discussing how these are practiced in other countries and cultures.

Developing one’s ability to discuss historical, sociological and philosophical problem-solving approaches associated with physical education, sport and outdoor life activities. .

Course Description

Games, sport and outdoor life are social and cultural phenomena in constant flux. In this course, we will analyse the relationship between these body-related cultures and society. Emphasis will be placed on how the social, historical and cultural variations of these phenomena are developed through interaction with social conditions. The course also addresses the relationships between other cultures and societies and Norwegian society. The main emphasis is on how cultural and historical variations in sport, culture and society influence social relationships. Students in this course will bring with them their personal backgrounds and learning experiences from physical education, sports, culture and society. These will be used actively in carrying out the study programme. The various topics will be related to current events and situations whenever possible.

Learning Methods

The subject material is presented in the form of student-work, teacher-guided and student-guided lectures. When the subject material is related to the students’ own learning experiences, they will become more engaged and motivated to participate and contribute to discussions in the class or in smaller groups. Students will work with assignments related to the topics covered in the course. These include both individual and group assignments. In this way, the students will actively acquire greater insight, awareness and understanding of the role that games, sports and outdoor life activities play in different societies.

Assessment Methods

The course grade is based on the portfolio assessment for the group, which counts for 40% of the total grade, and the individual written examination, which counts for 60%. The portfolio must receive a passing grade before the individual student may take the final individual written examination. The final assessment is made on the basis of the assumption that all obligatory requirements have been satisfactorily completed. These may include assignments that are not included in the portfolio.

A final single grade is recorded on the diploma, graded from A to F, where A is the highest grade, and E is the lowest passing grade. Students must receive a passing mark in each course unit in order to receive a passing grade for the major course unit.

Please refer to the examination regulations of Telemark University College for additional information.

Minor adjustments may occur during the academic year, subject to the decision of the Dean

Publisert av / forfatter Håkon Engstu <>, last modified Nina Holmberg Lurås - 10/08/2009