Elective Course - An Introduction to Sports and eSports Psychology

Course content

Sport is a crucial aspect of people's lives. Many people do, watch, and/or talk about sport. Doing and/or watching sport affects one’s emotions, feelings, fitness, health, self-view, social relations etc. Even not doing any sport affects one’s (long-term) health.

In this elective course, we will learn about different psychological and psychological-based aspects related to sport. Examples of topics are cognitions, gender, emotions, leadership, motivation, performance, social relations, team dynamics, or the role of spectators. The contents will be discussed via examples from different individual- and team-based sports, including eSports.  

Typically, each class will start with a general (lecture-like) introduction, followed by delving into specific research articles and/or activities aiming to transfer research knowledge into practice. Most likely, there will also be some visits by people working in the field of Sport and eSports Psychology (in the past, there were between 3-4 guests per course).


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.

Not relevant
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Type of assessment details
Extent of written assignment: Maximum 12 pages.

Each student must submit an exam that summarizes relevant literature with regard to a self-chosen topic from the field of Sport and eSports Psychology. More detailed information about the active participation and exam will be presented in the first class.

The exam can only be taken individually.
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Criteria for exam assessment
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 30
  • English
  • 30


Course number
7,5 ECTS
Programme level
Full Degree Master

1 semester

10 weeks, starts week 6
Department of Psychology, Study Council
Contracting department
  • Department of Psychology
  • Social Data Science
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Social Sciences
Course Coordinator
  • Ida Emilia Backman   (14-676f6b6e6b63306463656d6f63704272757b306d7730666d)

Ida Emilia Backman

Saved on the 24-11-2022

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