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Dr Jo Hudson, Associate Professor



We asked Dr. Joanne Hudson, our Associate Professor in Sports Science, some frequently asked questions:

What is Sport and Social Science?

Sport and Social Science looks at the role of sport and physical exercise within society and how it influences social, cultural and philosophical perspectives. It enables students to look at real world issues and challenges in a critical way and apply knowledge from different areas to gain an understanding through a social scientific and humanistic lens. It centres on key subject strands: Philosophy of Sport, Sport Psychology, Psychology of Health and Exercise, and Sport Policy.

What is the course at Swansea famous for?

Swansea is one of the few universities with strands of modules in Sports and Ethics, and you can draw on the research strength of staff. This brand new course builds on those strengths to provide a unique course with the aim of meeting the needs in the physical exercise world, solving real ethical and wellbeing challenges.

Our Sport and Exercise Science department is in the UK Top 15 (The Times Good University Guide 2020) and ranked 7th for Graduate Prospects (The Guardian University League Table 2020).

How do I know if it's right for me?

If you are passionate about empowering people, making a difference in communities, enhancing people’s quality of life and wellbeing through intervention, determining policy, being socially inclusive, and getting things right by ethical management, then Sport and Social Science is the right course for you.

What will the course look like?

In Year 1, you can expect to have 10-12 hours of contact time involving discussions of conceptual ideas, seminars, group work on real life case studies and critical debates. You will also have a blended learning experience with our VR labs to enhance your understanding of the subject, ethical critiques, class tests, oral presentations, written exams, assignments and coursework. You are also expected to do independent study to achieve your best on the course.

What jobs can I do when I graduate?

Our graduates will be expected to go on to work in education, sports policy, sports development, exercise referral, rehabilitation contexts, community wellbeing, social prescribing initiatives.

The School of Sport and Exercise Sciences has strong and established links with a large variety of local, national, and international organisations, including the Ospreys, NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit, UK Anti-Doping, Department of Health, Local Health Boards and more.