Sport and Sustainable Development


Syllabus for students spring 2020, spring 2019

Course Code:
IV605G revision 1
Level of specialisation
Main fields of study:
Sport Sciences
Date of ratification:
29 November 2017
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Education and Society
Enforcement date:
21 January 2019

Entry requirements

Prerequisite courses for this course are: Courses: IV603G-Perspectives on Sport in a Changing World and IV604G-Sport Governance – from Local to International Level.


The aim of the course is to develop a deep understanding, and an ability to strategically reflect and propose solutions, regarding sustainability issues in a contemporary sport and health context.


The course addresses sustainable development issues in connection to sport.
The concept sustainable development, which includes social, economic and environmental aspects, is problematised in a contemporary sport and health context. Here, social aspects include for instance equality, accessibility and life style issues. Economic aspects are viewed both from the individual and societal perspective and include welfare as well as growth issues. Environmental aspects include for example resource consumption, pollutions, land degradation, etc.
Of importance are both theoretical understanding and empirical application in co-operation with different actors.
Furthermore, the course addresses questions concerning how sustainability work is conducted and could be carried out in different sport related organisations, locally, nationally and internationally.
The students develop their ability to strategically reflect and suggest solutions, regarding sustainability issues in a contemporary sports and health context, based on an analysis of a selected sport or health related organization.
Finally, the student identifies the need for further knowledge within the field more broadly and from a personal perspective.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course the student should be able to:

  1. describe and problematise different definitions of the concept of sustainable development, including social, economic and environmental aspects, in a local as well as global context,
  2. problematise the relationship between sport and sustianable development in today’s changing society, and on the basis of this, identify relevant areas of practical concern,
  3. analyse, evaluate and propose directions of development for the sustainanbility work in a selected sport(-related) organisation,
  4. identify the need for further knowledge concerning sport in relation to sustainable development from a societal as well as personal perspective.

Learning activities

The course contains varied work formats that can consist of lectures, guest lectures, seminars, group exercises, study visits and self-study. The sessions that require compulsory attendance are announced at the start of the course.


The course is assessed through two examinations as follows:
Portfolio, 4 credits, 4 hp The exam assesses the learning outcomes 1, 2 and 4.
Written report, 3,5 credits, 3,5 hp; The exam assesses the learning outcome 3.
For grade A on the course, one of the examinations should be graded A and one examination, A or B.
The grading criterion are announced at the start of the course.

Grading system

Excellent (A), Very Good (B), Good (C), Satisfactory (D), Pass (E) or Fail (U).

Course literature and other teaching materials

McCullough, Brian & Kellison, Timothy (eds.) (2018). Routledge Handbook on Sport, Sustainability and the Environment. New York: Routledge. 468 p.
Werther, William & Chandler, David (2014). Strategic Corporate Social Responsibility - Stakeholders in a Global Environment. (3rd Edition). Thousand Oaks: Sage publications. 415 p.
A reading list with current research is provided at the beginning of the course.
Material from UN, IOC etc.

Course evaluation

The University provides students who participate in or who have completed a course with the opportunity to make known their experiences and viewpoints with regards to the course by completing a course evaluation administered by the University. The University will compile and summarize the results of course evaluations as well as informing participants of the results and any decisions relating to measures initiated in response to the course evaluations. The results will be made available to the students (HF 1:14).

Course reports


The education is provided by the Faculty of Education and Society at the department Sport Sciences.

Further information


20 January 2020 - 23 February 2020 Day-time 100% Malmö This course is offered as part of a program