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Sport in Europe and the Czech Republic

Course name: Sport in Europe and the Czech Republic
Course number: PKIN704
Language of instruction: English
Credits: 3 ECTS
Contact Hours: 22
Term: Fall 2015, Spring 2016
Course meeting times: Will be updated
Course meeting place: Will be updated

Professor:Assoc. Prof. PhDr. Irena Slepičková, CSc.

Contact Information:
Office address: H225
Office hours: Will be updated

Course Description

During the past decades, sport in Europe has gone through significant changes, concerning both the concept of sport and its governance. This course gives a basic overview of European and Czech sport from historical, sociological and political perspectives. It explains the contemporary role and position of sport in Europe, as well as in particular European countries, including the Czech Republic. Existing sport models are illustrated by sport legislation and by significant sport organizations working in civic and state sectors. Some current topics, such as sport participation, or sport and social inclusion/exclusion, will also be considered.

Learning Objectives
Students will:
– Come to perceive and understand sport as an important social phenomenon
– Learn about the applied sociology of organizations, and its application in the field of sport
– Learn about sport governance in Europe
– Understand the specificities of Czech sport and its organization

Course Prerequisites
No prerequisites

Methods of Instruction
Lectures (usage of PowerPoint presentations) and seminars (analysis and presentation of assigned texts/documents and discussion of them).

Assessment and Final Grade

1. Assessment Type 1: Mid-course multiple choice test 20%

2. Assessment Type 2: Analysis of sport in a selected European country 25%

3. Assessment Type 3: Individual presentation of the analysis 15%

4. Assessment Type 4: Final written exam 40%

Marking scheme assessment PG 1-4 (1 = excellent; 4 = fail)

Course Requirements

Mid-course multiple choice test

Assessment of knowledge and understanding acquired in the first 5 lectures (theoretical background of organizational theory and sport).

Analysis of sport in a selected country

This is assessed by a comprehensive and well-structured essay of 6-8 pages, using recommended literature, and additional literature found by individual research, to give a view on sport promotion in selected countries, stressing its specificities.

Individual presentation

In seminar 9 or 10, PowerPoint presentation of the above Analysis, for the purpose of making a comparison of the countries analyzed.

Final written test

To demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the principles of sport organization in Europe, of existing models of sport governance, and of the specificities of various organizations acting in sport.

Attendance is mandatory.

Weekly Schedule

Week 1

Session 1: Importance of organizations in today’s society; theoretical approaches to studying organizations

Session 2: How to understand organizations – key concepts (Slepičková, 2008, pp.79-105)

Week 2

Session 3: Design and structure of organizations (Slack, Chapter 3 and 4), practical examples from internet sources (work in pairs)

Session 4: Sport as a social phenomenon, its socio-historical development in modern and postmodern society (Coakley, Chapters 1 and 2, Houlihan, Part 2); discussion

Week 3

Session 5: Sport participation (Scheerder et al, Chapter 1, Eurobarometr); evaluation of students’ own sport participation

Session 6: Multiple choice test; comparison of students’ sport participation, discussion

Week 4

Session 7: Sport in Europe – basic political documents (Scheerder et al, Chapter 1), White paper on Sport (2007)

Session 8: Sport governance in Europe – principles, models; Sport in the Czech Republic
(Sobry 2011, 2012 – selected chapters)

Week 5

Session 9: Sport in selected European countries I. (organization, participation, specificities) (relevant sections of Eurobarometer and Sobry)

Session 10: Sport in selected European countries II. (organization, participation, specificities) (relevant sections of Eurobarometer and Sobry)

Week 6

Session 11: Exams

Required reading

European Commission (2014). Special Eurobarometer 412. Sport and physical activity.
[online]. Available at:
Coakley, J. (2007). Sports in Society: Issues & Controversies. McGraw-Hill Higher Education.

European Commission (2007). White paper on sport. Available at:

Houlihan, B. and Green, M. (2011). Routledge Handbook of Sports Development London: Routledge.

Scheerder, J., Vandermeerschen, H., Van Tuyckom, C., Hoekman, R., Breedveld, K. and Vos, S. (2011). Understanding the game: sport participation in Europe: facts, reflections and recommendations. KU Leuven/Research Unit of Social Kinesiology and Sport Management. Available at:

Slack, T. (1997). Understanding Sport Organizations: The Application of Organization Theory. 2nd edition. Champaign IL: Human Kinetics.

Slepičková, I. (2008). Sport organizations in today´s society. In M. Louis and C. Pigeassou (Eds.). Current Issues o¬n Sport and Tourism Development. Louvain-la-Neuve: EIMAPS Consortium, 79-105.

Sobry, C. (2011). Sport governance in the Word: A socio-historic approach. Paris: Le Manuscrit.

Sobry, C. (2012). Sports governance in the World: The transition in Central and Eastern European sport. Paris: Le Manuscrit.

Further reading

Web pages of relevant state and umbrella sport organizations

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