Sustainable development has become an essential political, social, economic and environmental target in society. The Department of Sport Sciences at Malmö University focuses on the relation sport and society – and its relation to social change – as an overall aim for all academic activities. Sustainable development is a crucial issue facing the world today, and sport studies and sciences cannot shy away from its responsibilities to make this a top consideration in research and development as well as in education. The ECSS-conference 2015, hosted by Malmö University, has, naturally enough, “Sustainable Sport” as its profile.
In addition, the department will deliver an international “MA in Sport and Sustainable Development”. The course will focus on sustainable development in relation to sport’s traditions and logics, taking into account social transitions such as urbanization, globalization, commercialization, juridification and development of new technologies etc. For instance, sport – the forms of and the logics and values in sport(s) – will be analyzed in light of the dialectics of globalization and the recent emphasis on local production.
The critical question for a social science perspective has to do with the impact of sports on our society when it comes to social, economic and environmental development. What are the contributions and failures of sports in terms of sustainability? And at the same time, what political restrictions and influences might society put on sport in regard to the policy of a sustainable society? These are questions at the center of the “MA in Sport and Sustainable Development”.
The course will alternate between lectures, seminars, project-oriented work and discussions of on-going student work, etc. The course is essentially a campus course, but will have extensive parts on distance, supplemented with interactive groups.
Application deadline is April 15!