About the course

Course content

The course will give a basic understanding of the psychological factors and processes that affect the individual engaged in sports activities and of how this theoretical and practical knowledge can be applied in practical sports situations.

The course consists of two parts:

Part 1 Group dynamics in sports - 7,5 credits

The focus in the first part of the course is on psychological aspects of groups and teams, including group psychology and its practical aspects, such as team building. Communication is seen as an essential tool for group formation, achievement and development, and the ways in which this tool can be used are examined. Motivation and psychological perspectives relating to sport and exercise activities is discussed and examined.

Part 2 Sports psychology at the individual level - credits

The second part of the course continues with a consideration of sports psychology applied to the individual. The concepts of stress and effort are introduced, and the ways in which these can be managed in the sports context are discussed. The importance of socialising and creating proficient psychological conditions in children’s and youth sports is emphasised. Psychological skills training and the mental requirements for achievement are examined.

Entry requirements and selection

Entry requirements

The special prerequisite for this course, besides basic eligibility for university studies, is fieldeligibility 6: Civics A and English B. Applicants are exempted from the Civics A requirement.


Upper secondary grades 66%, Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test (SweSAT) 34%

Course literature

Course evaluation

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