Introduction This course in Sport and International Development is dedicated to the critical study of sport as a tool for international development. The use of sport as a vehicle for promoting and facilitating a wide range of social and welfare needs is a well-established feature of domestic sport policy in a number of countries. In recent decades this has been extended to encompass international development objectives. A particular focus of this course will be on the emergence of the international sport development ‘movement’. It also focuses on specific programmes which utilise civil society interventions with the goal of contributing to broader programmes aimed at conflict amelioration in seriously divided societies. The course is led by Professor John Sugden, who is one of the world’s leading authorities in this area. On this course at Chelsea School, you will be taught by internationally renowned staff. In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise Chelsea School was awarded the highest score awarded to any social-scientific sports submission.
The course offers a balance between the critical consideration of theoretical, conceptual and ideological dimensions of the sport and international development environment. It also looks at more strategically orientated evaluations of action-based interventions as they happen in the field.
Areas of study This course provides the opportunity to study sport and international development from a critical social science perspective drawing on sociology, history, geography, politics, anthropology, philosophy and cultural studies. Course structure
The course comprises of four modules and an individual project or dissertation. All students on the masters programme at Chelsea School study Theorising Sport and Society and Research Methodologies and Analysis for Sport. You will also undertake two route-specific modules: Contemporary Issues in Global Sport and Sport for International Development and Peace. You will also undertake a dissertation on a sport and international development theme or project.
Career and progression opportunities Postgraduates from Chelsea School have secured work as university lecturer, press officer, policy officer and sport development officers. This course also creates a sound basis on which to prepare dissertations and from which to progress to research degrees such as MPhil or PhD.