General information

Subject type: Basic

Coordinator: Marc Terradellas Fernández

Trimester: First term

Credits: 6

Teaching staff: 

Xenia Ríos Sisó
Joana Sans Osanz 

Teaching languages

  • Catalan
  • Spanish
  • English

Classes will be taught in Catalan.


Basic skills
  • Have the ability to gather and interpret relevant data to make judgments that include reflection on relevant social, scientific, or ethical issues

Specific skills
  • E2 Promote the formation of lasting and autonomous habits of physical activity and sport

General competencies
  • G1 Identify the object of study of the Sciences of Physical Activity and Sport

  • G3 Recognize the epistemological and historical and educational foundations of physical activity and sport

  • G5 Describe the behavioral and social factors that condition the practice of physical activity and sport

  • G12Apply fundamental rights and equal opportunities for men and women, the principles of equal opportunities and universal accessibility for persons with disabilities, solidarity, environmental protection and the values ​​of a culture of peace and democratic values

Transversal competences
  • T3 Use the sources of certified scientific knowledge in the field of Physical Activity and Sports Sciences

  • T7 Incorporate habits of excellence and quality for professional practice

  • T8 Act within the ethical principles necessary for the correct professional exercise according to the normative framework


This subject will be used to analyze physical exercise, physical activity and sport as one of the most important social phenomena in contemporary society. Either as a manifestation of human movement throughout history or as a mass spectacle, these phenomena have become an essential part of modern life and culture.


Citing Cagigal, sport is a global cultural phenomenon, a ubiquitous phenomenon. Indeed, sport encompasses many areas of social reality, such as physical education, society's lifestyles, health and quality of life, enjoying the natural environment through physical and sporting activities; show sport, largely thanks to the mass media; together with this, competition and high performance, etc. The aim of this subject is to analyze the different forms of expression of the sporting phenomenon to better understand the nature of physical activity and sport.


We will also reflect on the meaning of the historical study of physical activity and sport in the context of the civilization process.

We will also understand the contradictory and ambivalent nature of sport. Physical activity and sport can be a source of education, health, social well-being, social integration, respect and solidarity; but they can also be ignorance, disease, alienation, conflicts, violence, intolerance and exclusion.


The technologies of information, communication and social networks will be presented as the guiding thread of physical activity and sport in the current "network society" at the same time that they will act as didactic resources in the subject.


This subject aims to promote students' ability to think critically about physical activity and sport in today's society.


This subject has methodological and digital resources to make possible its continuity in non-contact mode in the case of being necessary for reasons related to the Covid-19. In this way, the achievement of the same knowledge and skills that are specified in this teaching plan will be ensured.

Learning outcomes

  • To approach, in a scientific way, the knowledge of social reality through familiarization with sociological thinking
  • Interpret the characteristics of human groups and socio-cultural contexts to adapt professional interventions with the aim of guaranteeing equal opportunities in access to physical and sports practice
  • Become aware of the existing social problems in the world of physical activity and sport, such as bullying and sexual and gender-based violence, and have intervention strategies
  • Understand the causes and factors that have influenced the evolution and current configuration of the different currents and models of physical activity and sport
  • Understand the sporting behavior and physical activity habits of the population
  • Know and apply social research techniques at an introductory level


Working methodology

The subject's methodology will be carried out by combining face-to-face classroom time with independent work time, supported by the virtual learning environment. The percentage of time that the student spends is distributed as follows:

Activity ECTS Methodology Skills
Face-to-face sessions in the classroom 1,2 Theoretical exhibitions with audiovisual support, group work, debates, presentations by students G1, G2, G5, G7, G12, T3,
T5, T7, T8, T9,
E2, E6.
Guided and independent work (on-line) 4.8 Personal study, information searches (bibliography, webgraphy), guided work
(quizzes, discussions, forums), problem solving, video capsules
CB2, CB3, CB5,
G1, G11,
T1, T3, T4, T6, T7, T8, T9,

As a reminder, the weekly load is distributed as follows:

  • 3 hours per week (average) of theoretical face-to-face sessions (divided into 4 hours one week, 2 hours the next and so on).
  • 3 hours a week of guided learning (distributed in 4 hours a week, 2 hours the next and so on).
  • 9 hours a week of non-contact autonomous learning.

The total hours of student dedication will be 150 hours. during the quarter.


Sociology of AF and Sport

  1. Sociology of Sport. The sociological perspective. General concepts
  2. Socialization, culture, values, AF and Sport
    1. Sports socialization
    2. Socialization through sport
    3. Traditional sports culture
    4. New uses and values ​​of sports culture
    5. The ambivalence of the sports field
    6. Violence in AF and Sport
  3. Gender in AF and Sport
    1. Conceptual approach and specific terminology
    2. Stereotypes, gender roles and the Pygmalion effect
    3. Sports participation according to gender
    4. Agents involved in the social construction of gender
    5. Sports media in relation to gender roles
    6. Tools and strategies to include a gender perspective at a personal, professional and sporting level
  4. Social structure of sports practice and the labor market
    1. Social structure of AF and sport and social change
    2. Interest and sports practice in Catalonia and Spain
    3. Frequency of practice, AF and most practiced sport, prevalence...
    4. Reasons for practicing AF and Sport
    5. The job market and changes in contemporary society
  5. Diversity, social integration, AF and Sport
    1. Immigration and sport
    2. Sexual, affective and gender diversity in AF and Sport
  6. Major sporting events and sports tourism
    1. Effects and repercussions of major sporting events
    2. Other sociological effects of major sporting events
    3. Sports tourism

History of AF and Sport

  1. Universal history of AF and Sport
    1. From prehistory to the first civilizations
    2. Greece and Rome
    3. middle age
    4. The modern age
    5. The contemporary age
    6. AF in non-European civilizations
  2. History of the AF and sport in Catalonia

Learning activities

The subject's activities follow the continuous assessment system, that is to say, throughout the term the teaching staff proposes various activities, which the students must solve and hand in. The work of each of the activities allows the students to evaluate the follow-up of the subject and the elements of improvement based on the comments that the teachers will make on the activities.


The proposed activities can be individual or in work groups. The teachers give the instructions so that the students can prepare and deliver them.

Evaluation system

The student's individual final grade is the result of a continuous assessment through different activities.

Passing the subject is obtained with a grade equal to or higher than 5 points (out of a total of 10 points) according to the following table:


0 - 4,9: Suspended

5,0 - 6,9: Approved

7,0 - 8,9: Notable

9,0 - 10: Excellent


The acquisition of skills by the student will be assessed through the system of continuous assessment.

The following describes the assessment activities, the competencies involved, and the weighting in the assessment.

Activity d'evaluationó


Assessed skills

Timeline (couples)


B1, G1, G3, T1, T2, T3

Sports project (groups of 4)


B1, E1, E2, G1, G2, G3, G4, T1, T2, T3

Asynchronous forum (individual)


B1, E1, E2, G1, G2, G3, G4, T1, T2, T3

Final Work d'Subject: Congress of Sociology and History TCM (groups of 4)


B1, G1, G2, G3, G4, T1, T2, T3



All activities must be delivered within the deadline in their corresponding slot on the Virtual Campus and must have a grade equal to or higher than 5 points to make an average and for the continued evaluation to be considered Passable.

The activities suspended in the first correction opt for re-evaluation. The maximum mark for an activity submitted for re-evaluation will be 5 points (out of 10). If an evaluation activity is not delivered within the established deadline and/or in its corresponding well on the Virtual Campus, it is not possible to opt for re-evaluation of that activity.

The total mark for the subject will be the sum of the weighted mark for each assessment activity.

In case of suspending the continuous evaluation due to the non-completion or non-delivery of the assignments, the student does not have the right to recovery and will suspend the subject.

Total or partial copying in any of the learning activities will mean a "Not Presented" in the subject, without the option to submit for re-evaluation and without prejudice to the opening of a file for this reason.

According to UPF regulations, students who have the option to retake the subject are those who have obtained a "failed" grade, which are the only ones subject to modification in the retake process.

During the sessions, voluntary assessment activities can be considered, which will allow a maximum of 10% to be added to the final mark of the subject, as long as the other compulsory assessment activities are suitable.




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