Master's degree, 1st year - Sports culture

MASTER'S DEGREE,  1ST YEAR - Sport Science and Society major

                                            Professional specialty: sports culture

1. Course objective

The main objective of this course is to train those students who intend  to pursue doctoral studies in the field of social sciences applied to physical and sports activities. As a result, classes common to all master's degree courses put aside, this specialty endeavors to help students appropriate the current theories in social sciences in three of their essential fields: sociology, history and anthropology. Students will be able to place these theories in the contemporary debates of  the scientific community and apply them to corporal activities. Emphasis is put on the social, historical and anthropological contexts and characteristics of physical and sports activities

This course also makes it possible for students to acquire the methods and tools of investigation and analysis specific to social sciences. These two essential aspects  - theories and methods - are made more concrete in seminars where students must write a dissertation and various essays on their research specialty.

2. Target public

Most students have a STAPS degree.

  • Other students graduated in sociology, history, anthropology (under condition), or are foreign students (with valid credit transfer)
  • Students who return after more than 3 years must contact the Continuing Education Office. Fees will apply.

Contact: Norine COUSSOT  33  Email: norine.coussot @

3. Credits and course pattern

The 1st year “Sports Culture” specialty  is divided into 7 credits (UE)

1st semester:

  • UE1. Epistemology and methodology of research
  • UE2. Sciences of Sport and Motricity
  • UE3. Physical activity, tools and methods
  • UE4. Sports culture specialty1

2nd semester:

  • UE5.  Sports culture specialty 2
  • UE6. Sports culture specialty 3
  • UE7 Professionalization - Research


Students may choose between a short internship + a long dissertation based on research literature (under academic supervision) and a long internship + a short dissertation (discussed in a collective research workshop)  Only those students who choose the long dissertation will qualify for the 2nd year sports culture specialty. (Sports social organization, as of 2010).

Finding an internship is the student's responsibility, although the academic staff will oblige.

4. Semester assessment rules

Table 1  specifies the number of credits for each course and the mode of assessment and its components.

The 1st year level is granted following the successful completion of 60 ECTS credits (30 credits per semester) during the twice-yearly written or oral exam sessions.. The second session is reserved for deferred students. Students may conserve pass credits.

5. Academic staff / Office

1st year Sports culture: C. LOUVEAU - Email: catherine.louveau @

Secretary:  Caroline BOIS - 33 1 69 15 43 02 - Email: caroline.bois @

6. 2009-2010 calendar

Application form online, to be returned before September 15, 2009

End of September 2009: beginning of the academic year for 1st year master's degree students.