Social phenomenologies of the 21st century: sport and its impacts

1. Name of the line of doctoral research

Social phenomenologies of the 21st century: sport and its impacts

2. UNESCO codes related to the research line
5100: Anthropology01: Cultural Anthropology
5300: Economics04: Economic Activity
5400: Geography04: Human Geography
5500: History99: Sports History
5600: Legal Sciences and Law99: Sports Law
5600: Pedagogy99: Sports Pedagogy
5900: Political Sciences99: Sports Politics
6100: Psychology14: Social Psychology
6200: Arts and Humanities99: Sports
6300: Sociology99: Sports Sociology
6308: Social Communication99: Sports Communication

3. Recommended admission requirements for candidates

Candidates are interested in research on the sports phenomenon and its multiple social impacts. Applicants hold a degree in the branches of Social and Legal Sciences, Health, or Arts and Humanities and are familiar with any of the aspects of Sport. Candidates must have a B2 linguistic competence in Catalan, Spanish or English and availability in accordance with the requirements of the doctoral regime of the European Higher Education Area. Lastly, prospects preferably have a link with an entity that motivates and justifies their application.

4. Chair

Max Weber Chair of Economic and Social Sciences

5. Leading Centre

Sociological Research Centre

6. Main Coordinator

Dr. Jordi Sauret

7. Subject Matter

This line of doctoral research studies sport as a set of expressions in human activity, which is projected individually and collectively from all perspectives (social, cultural, political, economic, business, communicative, technological, anthropological, etc.). The aim is to establish common elements and individual outlines that the phenomenon presents when it is the object of a comparative analysis between its disciplines. Initially, the leading centre confines the scope of the study matter to the Principality of Andorra and Spain.

8. Hypothesis

The line of research aims to demonstrate that sport in the 21st century is not an individual phenomenon per se, but is rather miscellaneous and diverse. Sport disciplines constitute, de facto and at all levels, perfectly singularized and differentiated expressions, both in terms of its practice and its consumption. Sports make a strong impact on the environment of the territory where it is practiced.

9. Length

3 years

10. Analytical model

In this line, doctoral research must necessarily assume the following analytical structure in their Doctoral Research Plan:

  • Introduction
  1. Justification of the research.
  2. Presentation of the doctoral research case.
  3. Formulation of the general hypothesis and the specific ones.
  • First part
  1. Conceptualization of sport as a social phenomenon.
  2. Theoretical approaches and perspectives applied in the study of sport.
  3. Methodology and techniques for the scientific analysis of the sports phenomenon.
  4. General and specialized documentary and bibliographic sources for the study of sport.
  • Second part
  1. Descriptive analysis of the origin and historical evolution of the normative and organizational regimes of the sport discipline case study.
  2. Descriptive analysis of the technical characteristics of the sport discipline case study in relation to its practice and / or consumption.
  3. Empirical analysis of the practice of the sport discipline case study in a predetermined territorial scope.
  4. Empirical analysis of the consumption of the sport discipline case study in a predetermined territorial scope.
  • Third part
  1. Analysis of the results obtained in the study of the sport discipline object of the doctoral research case in a predetermined territorial scope.
  2. Comparative analysis of the impact of the practice and / or consumption of the sport  discipline object of the doctoral research case in relation to the sports disciplines object of the doctoral research line.
  • Fourth part
  1. General and specialized bibliographic sources used in the research.
  2. Specific documentary sources used in the investigation.
11. Options of doctoral research

Initially, candidates admitted to this line of doctoral research may choose one of the following options as a case study:

  1. Football
  2. Golf
  3. Basketball
  4. Tennis
  5. Roller hockey
  6. Contact sports
  7. Ski

The cases are going to be assigned to doctoral students by strict order of admission date and taking into account the interest or the accredited link with one or another sports discipline.

12. Specialized training

In accordance with the Doctoral Program guidelines, the doctoral research line organizes the corresponding training activity, which the doctoral students must carry out online during the first year of the program.

This specialized training allows doctoral students to gain prior knowledge of all the necessary theoretical and methodological elements to carry out their research. It is structured in seven units:

  1. Construction of the object of study.
  2. Theoretical approaches to the object of study.
  3. Research methodology and techniques.
  4. Sources of information and documentation for the investigation.
  5. Research hypothesis.
  6. Context and scope of the investigation.
  7. Structure of the investigation.
13. Scientific calls and activities

The Coordination of the line of doctoral research annually convenes a Scientific Conference to present and debate on the theoretical and methodological issues that affect the object of study of the line. These conferences are open to all doctoral students and researchers working in the same scientific field, who are invited to share their findings and engage in debates.

Likewise, at the end of the second year of the program, doctoral students can attend public events carried out by other doctoral students, which are also convened by the Coordination of the Doctoral Program

Doctoral students can participate in public events organized by the J. H. Newman Doctoral School, such as presentations of publications or projects, conferences and debates, etc.

In addition, the Coordination of the research line informs the doctoral students of the calls that other scientific and academic entities carry out about the object of study or related fields, so that they are aware of them and can present, if appropriate, works carried out during their doctoral research.

14. Scientific Publications

The Coordination of the research line is going to provide doctoral students with list of specialized publications and papers, to which they have to direct their proposals in order to publish their doctoral research.

15. Languages

Català / English / Español

16. Additional information

Contact details: lrd.01.spo@euniv.eu

PhD regulations: https://euniv.eu/universitat/normativa/