Each stage of the programme is based on a 60 credit module which is delivered through a project:
Stage one (60 credits) - Conceptual and Theoretical Discourses
Consideration of debates that constitute the terms of reference for sport development within organisations. For example, debates relating to elitism in sport, ideology and sport development interventions, changing perceptions of obesity, health and obligations to intervene and the application of development theories to the sport development process.
Stage two (60 credits) - Contemporary Contextual Issues
Concern with the issuesthat define the contemporary parameters of sport development work. For example, ways in which the public policy frame informs the characteristics and priorities of sport development programmes and initiatives within organisations. This will include exploring the development of policy networks, the role of stakeholders and evaluation in the policy process.
Stage 3 - Masters Dissertation
A focus on developmental based project work. For example direct engagement in some aspect of the strategic planning process within the student’s professional area. This is likely to concern multi-agency, partnership work and could focus on single sport or multi-sport development or could concern facility or spatial planning.
This course is led by Dr Aaron Beacom, who has research interests in the areas of sport and international development, sport policy and disability sport.