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Sport Values, Fair Play and Integrity - PSRE707
Title: Sport Values, Fair Play and Integrity
Guaranteed by: Department of Social Sciences Foundation in Kinanthropology (51-300000)
Faculty: Faculty of Physical Education and Sport
Actual: from 2022
Semester: both
Points: 0
E-Credits: 12
Examination process:
Hours per week, examination: 40/40, Ex [HS]
Capacity: winter:unknown / unknown (unknown)
summer:unknown / unknown (unknown)
Min. number of students: unlimited
4EU+: no
Virtual mobility / capacity: no
Key competences:  
State of the course: taught
Language: English
Teaching methods: full-time
Teaching methods: full-time
Note: you can enroll for the course in winter and in summer semester
Guarantor: doc. PhDr. Irena Parry Martínková, Ph.D.
prof. Silvan James Parry
doc. PhDr. Irena Slepičková, CSc.
Teacher(s): PhDr. Kamil Kotlík, Ph.D.
prof. Silvan James Parry
doc. PhDr. Irena Parry Martínková, Ph.D.
doc. PhDr. Irena Slepičková, CSc.
Annotation -
This module will present three core themes: values in sport, fair play and the ethics of sport, and sporting integrity. The first section, on values in sport, includes discussions on the nature of sport – analytical approaches to the concept of sport; phenomenological analysis of the athlete; investigations of the nature of sporting experience, intrinsic and extrinsic values in sport, and Olympism and its principal humanistic values. The role of education in the work of integrity officers will be discussed. The second section, on fair play and the ethics of sport, will focus on foundational issues in the understanding of ethical approaches to the most important problems facing sport as a practical enterprise, as a source of personal value, and as a social institution. We shall especially consider the nature of integrity as applied to sport, and will examine particular issues, such as categorization of athletes, match-fixing and gambling, use of technology, and other contemporary ethical issues. The third section will show how all of the above is required background for an understanding of varieties of sporting integrity, such as: Personal integrity: the behaviour of individuals in a sporting context, whether they be players, coaches, referees, administrators, etc. Organizational integrity: the professional integrity of the organization as a whole, as well as the personal integrity of sport administrators, and others working in sport organizations. Procedural integrity: the logic and value of sport as a social practice with a focus on the integrity of the sporting event.
Last update: Parry Martínková Irena, doc. PhDr., Ph.D. (11.11.2021)
Aim of the course

Course aims

To introduce students to both the analytical and the phenomenological traditions of philosophical thinking

To apply these understandings to practical moral issues in sport

To train students in the techniques of critical ethical thinking

To improve the development and coherent presentation of ideas and arguments

Last update: Parry Martínková Irena, doc. PhDr., Ph.D. (27.03.2023)
Literature -
Compulsary literature

BROWNELL, S. & PARRY, J. Olympic Values and Ethics. Ghent, Belgium: University of Ghent Press, 2012.

GARDINER, S., PARRY, J. & ROBINSON, S. Integrity and the corruption debate in sport: Where is the integrity? European Sport Management Quarterly, 2017, 17(1), pp. 6-23.

LOLAND, S. Fair play in sport: a moral norm system. London: Routledge, 2002.

MARTÍNKOVÁ, I. Instrumentality and Values in Sport. Praha: Karolinum Press, 2013. 150 p.

MARTÍNKOVÁ, I. Open Categories in Sport: One way to decrease discrimination. Sport, Ethics and Philosophy, 2020, 14(4), pp. 461-477.

MARTÍNKOVÁ, I. Unisex sports: Challenging the binary. Journal of the Philosophy of Sport, 2020, 47(2), pp. 248-265

MARTÍNKOVÁ, I. & PARRY, J. An Introduction to the Phenomenological Study of Sport. Sport, Ethics and Philosophy, 2011, 5(3), pp. 185-201.

MARTÍNKOVÁ, I. & PARRY, J. Coaching and the Limits of Performance Enhancement. In: HARDMAN, A. R. & JONES, C. R. (Eds.), The Ethics of Sports Coaching. London: Routledge, 2011, pp. 165-184.

MCNAMEE, M. & PARRY, J. (Eds.). Olympic Ethics and Philosophy. London: Routledge, 2013.

PARRY, J. E-sports are Not Sports, Sport, Ethics and Philosophy, 2019, 13(1), pp. 3-18.

PARRY, J. The Power of Sport in Peace-making and Peacekeeping. Sport in Society, 2012, 15(6), pp. 775-787.

PARRY, J. The Youth Olympic Games - some ethical issues. Sport, Ethics and Philosophy, 2012, 6(2), pp. 138-154.

PARRY, J. & MARTÍNKOVÁ, I. The logic of categorisation in sport. European Journal of Sport Science, 2021, 21(11), pp. 1485-1491.

SLEPIČKA P. (Ed.) Problems of Doping Focusing on Children’s and Youth Sport. Available at: (vybrané kapitoly)

SLEPIČKOVÁ, I. New Space for a New Face of Sport in Central and Eastern European Countries. In: FÖLESINÉ, S. G. & DÓCZI, T. (Eds.), The Interaction of Sport and Society in the V4 Countries. Budapest: Hungarian Society of Sport Science, 2011, pp. 35-48.

SLEPIČKA P., SLEPIČKOVÁ I., MUDRÁK J., PŠAJDLOVÁ L. Sport as an Educational Instrument in

Children and Youth Development. Educational Alternatives, 2016, 14, pp. 64-71.

TORRES, C. & PARRY, J. Boxing and the Youth Olympic Games. Diagoras: International Academic Journal on Olympic Studies, 1, 2017, pp. 169-190.

E-learning - TOLEDO KU Leuven electronic system

Recommended literature:

BOXILL, J. (Ed.). Sports ethics: an anthology. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2006.

HARDMAN, A. R. & JONES, C. R. (Eds.). The Ethics of Sports Coaching. London: Routledge, 2011.

LOLAND, S., SKIRSTAD, B. & WADDINGTON, I. (Eds.). Pain and injury in sport: social and ethical analysis. London: Routledge, 2006.

MARTÍNKOVÁ, I. & PARRY, J. Heideggerian hermeneutics and its application to sport. Sport, Ethics and Philosophy, 2016, 10(4), pp. 364-374.

MARTÍNKOVÁ, I. & PARRY, J. On Biting in Sport - The Case of Luis Suarez. Sport, Ethics and Philosophy, 2015, 9(2), pp. 214-232.

MARTÍNKOVÁ, I. & PARRY, J. (Eds.). Phenomenological Approaches to Sport. London: Routledge, 2012.

MORGAN, W. J. Why sports morally matter. New York: Routledge, 2006.

MORGAN, W. J., MEIER, K., SCHNEIDER, A. (Eds.). Ethics in Sport. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics, 2001.

SLEPIČKOVÁ, I. The transition in central and eastern European sport. In: SOBRY, C. (Ed.), Sports Governance in the World II: Volume II. The Transition in Central and Eastern European Sport. Paris: Le Manuscrit, 2011, pp. 8-35.

VANDEN AUWEELE, Y., COOK, E. & PARRY J. (Eds.), Ethics and Governance in Sport: The Future of Sport Imagined. London: Routledge, 2015.

Last update: Parry Martínková Irena, doc. PhDr., Ph.D. (08.12.2021)
Requirements to the exam -


Component 1 - Group presentation (20%)

Component 2 - Essay (80%)

Last update: Komarc Martin, Mgr., Ph.D. (09.02.2018)
Syllabus -

Values in sport:

1. The nature of sport - analytical and phenomenological approaches,

2. The athlete and the nature of sporting experience, with especial reference to phenomenological analyses,

3. Intrinsic and extrinsic values of sport,

4. Olympism and its principal humanistic values,

5. Education in sport.

Sports ethics:

1. Critical ethical thinking - some examples,

2. Contemporary ethical issues: technology, cheating, homophobia, violence, etc.,

3. Fair play,

4. Athlete categorization, the sex category,

5. Match-fixing and corruption - ethical arguments.

Sporting Integrity:

1. The nature of integrity in sport,

2. Personal integrity,

3. Organizational integrity,

4. Procedural integrity,

5. Representation of the self.

Last update: Parry Martínková Irena, doc. PhDr., Ph.D. (11.11.2021)
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