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Sport Sociology

Code: TD03     Acronym: TD03

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Sports Sciences

Instance: 2019/2020 - 1S

Active? Yes
Course/CS Responsible: 2nd Cycle in Sport Training - High Performance Training e Youth Training

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
2CTD 92 Official Plan (2018 - ) 1 - 3 21 81

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
Rui Manuel Proença de Campos Garcia

Teaching - Hours

Theoretical classes: 2,80
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Theoretical classes Totals 1 2,80
Rui Manuel Proença de Campos Garcia 2,80

Teaching language



The purpose of this curricular unit is to make students understand that High Performance Sports is not an isolated or take out of context phenomena, but it is integrated in a wider axiological logic. It is important to broaden students’ knowledge of the anthropological groundings that legitimize sports, its integration in contemporaneity and thereafter include the opportunity for students to gain the ability to analyse high performance through a frame of values, where performance can be understood as a category of an extreme human importance.

Learning outcomes and competences

The sessions include the opportunity for students to take part in some class discussion about the theme being covered. It is important to develop students’ critical opinion as well as making them more independent learners. Through dialogue and open discussion on students’ sporting experience it will be possible to consolidate students’ knowledge of what High Performance Sports represents to human life. The great purpose is to broaden students’ range of discursive independence, which will have an impact on texts interpretation as well as the perspective of new challenges. It is time to stand up and to undertake an ethical attitude towards sports and life. That is why students must understand the basic groundings of high performance. This degree manages the arising of students’ sense of responsibility and overcoming, which will eventually enlarge their understanding concerning the anthropological groundings that raise elite sport to an exemplary condition.

Working method


Pre-requirements (prior knowledge) and co-requirements (common knowledge)

Not applicable


1. The meaning of High Performance Sports 1.1. An Anthropological idea of performance 1.2. The contemporary idea of sports 2. Modernity project: unlimited progress 2.1. Olympic Trilogy: citius - altius - fortius 2.2. The Superman of F. Nietzsche 2.3. The commercial exploitation of sports performance 2.3.1. Sports performance as an economic benefit 2.4. The seeming setback of sports hierarchy 2.5. The utopian role of sports: emphasising the difference having in mind equality 3. Ethics in sports and from sports 3.1. Plato´s ethics and moral conception 3.1.1. Ethics and aesthetics: an approach between Good and Beauty Sports as the ground of Good and Beauty 3.2. Doping viewed as an ethical problem 3.3. Violence in sports versus violence from sports 3.3.1. The symbolic grounding of violence 3.3.2. The risk and its frontier with violence 4. Performance and Sisyphus 5. Conclusion: For an ethics centred on performance and effort

Mandatory literature

Rui Garcia, Kátia Lemos; Temas (quase) Éticos de Desporto,, Casa da Educação Física, 2004
AA.VV.; Que valores para este Tempo, Gradiva, 2010

Teaching methods and learning activities

Explanatory method, with audio – visual resources, followed by debate. Usually, classes end with a question which will be the starting point for the next class. Students will be given all the learning mandatory elements and other bibliographical suggestions. Students may choose between a final exam or perform three mid - term assessment throughout the semester. The second option needs 75% class attendance. Students without that exam won’t be assessed, unless those who have special statutes. Nevertheless, in these conditions, final exam will be allowed. Performance of a final exam on next term(s) according to the Porto University Assessment Rules (minimum score 9,5)


Social sciences

Evaluation Type

Evaluation with final exam

Assessment Components

designation Weight (%)
Exame 100,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

designation Time (hours)
Estudo autónomo 61,00
Frequência das aulas 20,00
Total: 81,00

Eligibility for exams

Performance of a final exam on next term(s) according to the Porto University Assessment Rules

Calculation formula of final grade

Final exam: 9, 5 values equal or above to succeed the Curricular Unit.

Examinations or Special Assignments

Not applicable

Internship work/project

Not applicable

Special assessment (TE, DA, ...)

Not applicable

Classification improvement

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