Elective Course - Sports Psychology

Course content

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.


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.

Syllabus: http://www.psy.ku.dk/uddannelser/Bachelorstudiet/

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

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

Vejledende karakterbeskrivelser

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 to eksamen@psy.ku.dk .

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