APSK15724U  Elective Course - Sports Psychology

Volume 2017/2018

Sport is a crucial aspect of people's lives. Doing sport affects one’s emotions and feelings, fitness, self-view, social relations etc. In a similar vein, watching sport can have significant impact on one’s life. In fact, most people do, watch, and/or talk about sport.

In this elective course, we will learn about different (psychological or psychological-based) aspects related to sport. Examples of topics (which are discussed from a sports angle) are cognitions, emotions, leadership, motivation, performance, social relations, stress, team composition, or team dynamics.

Although the main focus of the elective course is on “traditional” sports, we will also discuss aspects related to eSports in some of the classes.                


Learning Outcome

The purpose of these modules is to expand knowledge or put the psychological subject area into perspective through theoretical or empirical specialisation within subject areas within or related to psychology.

Upon completion of the elective subject module within the Department of Psychology, students are able to:

  • describe and account for relevant concepts and themes within the elective subject
  • describe and account for relevant methodological approaches in relation to the subject matter for the elective subject
  • explain contexts, analyse and/or conduct procedures relevant to the elective subject under supervision.


In addition to the stated literature, students must provide 400 pages of their own search.


Each class will start with an introduction (around 30min) by the lecturer. Then, a group of students is responsible for presenting and discussing some research with regard to the topic of the class (around 45min). Finally, each class will end with a discussion (led by the lecturer) about potential new studies in the field.
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Extent of written assignment: Maximum 14 pages.

Based on the groups’ topic, each student must submit a final exam which not only summarizes the relevant literature, but also sketches a new study idea in more detail (e.g., deriving hypotheses, describing methods on how to conduct a study). Again, the exact details will be presented in the first class.

The exam can only be taken individually.
Exam registration requirements

In order to be able to hand in the final exam, students must fulfill the following:

First, each student must attend minimum 75% of the classes (note, however, that the teaching is based on full participation).

Second, in addition to standard expectations of preparation and participation, students must contribute to min. 1 presentation/discussion led by a group of students (see above). The exact framework will be presented in the first class (once the number of students is known).

All aids allowed
Marking scale
passed/not passed
Censorship form
No external censorship
Criteria for exam assesment

Vejledende karakterbeskrivelse

International students: If you require a grade, please inform the exam administration prior to the exam periods by sending an email with your student ID and the course name toeksamen@psy.ku.dk .

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