1 x 1-hour lecture weekly
1 x 1-hour tutorial weekly
1 Admission into BSHPA-Bachelor of Sport, Health and Physical Activity
1a Admission into BBUSSM-Bachelor of Business (Sports Management)
1b Admission into BBUSAL-Bachelor of Business (Advanced Leadership)
Must Satisfy: ((1 or 1a or 1b))
Assignment(s), Test(s), Tutorial presentation, Tutorial participation
Topic description

This topic will enable students to think critically about the role of sport and physical activity in society. Too often we do not look beyond the physical nature of sport and therefore do not challenge its broader social and cultural implications. The topic is designed to provide students with a historical context around which contemporary sports and physical activities can be better understood and their unique place in society. It will provide students with the ability to understand historical, cultural and sociological concepts around sport and physical activity as well as present methods of challenging common ideologies around sport and physical activities that are often left unchallenged.

Educational aims

This topic aims to:

  • Understand the relevance of history and culture on contemporary sporting and physical activity involvement and participation
  • Explore the dominant sociological theories underpinning sport and physical activity
  • Develop skills to critically analyse sport and physical activity within diverse social, cultural and political contexts
  • Challenge stereotypical notions of sport and physical activity
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Consider the nature of future sports in society based on historical contexts
  2. Explain the broader social and cultural meanings of modern sport and physical activity in contemporary western culture
  3. Identify inequities in sport and physical activity relating to race, ethnicity, gender and power
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of violence, drugs, commercialism and the mass media on sporting and physical activity involvement
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of the social, political and economic role of the modern Olympics within society

Key dates and timetable

(1), (2)

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Where more than one class is offered, students normally attend only one.

Classes are held weekly unless otherwise indicated.


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  Unless otherwise advised, classes are not held during semester breaks or on public holidays.