Sports and Physical Education - Swedish and International Perspectives

30 hp

The purpose of the course is to give the students theoretical and practical understanding of Sports and Physical Education (PE) in a Swedish context and make comparisons and reflect upon similar areas in an international perspective. The course should be of special interest for students in Sport Science, PE, Coaching or students with a general interest in culture and global issues. It is an advantage if you have experience of sports in your own country. Module 1 Swedish Culture, Leisure and Sports 7.5 credits Typical values that characterize Swedish and Scandinavian Culture are briefly introduced and related to traditions in the Swedish society. The focus is on experiencing typical Swedish Sport and Leisure activities and to discuss them by comparing the different cultural perspectives within the student group. Module 2 Sports and Physical Education in a Cultural Perspective 7.5 credits Relating sports, physical education and physical activity to social class, age, gender and ethnicity. Gaining an insight into the organization and understanding of sports in Sweden as well as the role and the aims of physical education in the Swedish school system. Module 3 Coaching in Sports and Physical Education 7.5 credits Significant issues in leadership and coaching are in focus, such as communication, motivation and feedback. Different coach and teacher leadership styles and theories are analyzed, especially from a cultural perspective. Module 4 Study/Practice in Sport Organizations and Schools 7.5 credits An opportunity both to gain a deeper understanding of sports/physical education, and to develop the ability to teach in sport activities in school or in voluntary sports. IMPORTANT PRACTICAL INFORMATION! An international driver’s license and an excerpt from the criminal records are needed. The final lectures of the program will take place Friday 19 December 2014 and you will be able to finalize the final written examination from home.


Växjö is a modern city with more than 80,000 inhabitants. The city has been declared "the Greenest City in Europe" because of its focus on environmentally sound solutions and the environmental programs implemented.

Being a student in Växjö you have easy access to everything – the city centre, the woods and the lakes. The pedestrian path from campus around Lake Växjösjön reaches almost all the way to the city centre and is perfect for jogging or taking long walks.

Campus Växjö is modeled along the lines of an American campus university and is the natural meeting place for students in Växjö. Campus is always bustling with life, and students move between lecture rooms, the University Library and the restaurants, pubs and outdoor recreational areas.