Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedSouth Africa Second semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Ms Marianne Louw


The unit examines, analyses and evaluates the literature and reporting practices as they relate to the reporting of sport and sport cultures. It canvasses major documentary and database sources, contemporary cultural issues, case studies, sports personalities and institutions across a range of major sports in the South African and African context. The unit explores the use of various technologies in contemporary reporting practices, and critically considers the professional and social implications of sports reporting. Access to certain technology/equipment will be required for this unit.


On satisfactory completion of the unit students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an ability to identify and research a sport and sport culture story, conduct interviews and gather appropriate evidentiary material.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to report on sport events and sport cultures in a clear, concise and factual manner using a variety of elements in a coherent package.
  3. Identify and analyse ethical and legal obligations associated with sport cultures and sport journalism in a South African and African context.
  4. Work independently and collaboratively in learning and production processes, including online forums, to produce sport culture and sport reports.
  5. Demonstrate an ability to meet deadlines.
  6. Demonstrate an awareness of South African and African people and events as they relate to current sports-related issues.
  7. Demonstrate a critical awareness of the capacities, limitations and socio-professional implications of reporting practices in sport journalism and sport cultures.


Minor project (news/current affairs reports totalling 1500 words or 6-minutes): 30%
Major Project (news/current affairs reports totalling 2000 words or 10-minutes): 50%
Online critical reflection and in-class invigilation: 20%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

One 2-hour seminar per week

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