1 x 1-hour lecture weekly
1 x 1-hour tutorial weekly
1 Admission into BEDMSSBA-B Education (Middle & Secondary Schooling), B Arts
1a Admission into BEDSBA-Bachelor of Education (Secondary), Bachelor of Arts
1b Admission into BEDSBSE-Bachelor of Education (Secondary), Bachelor of Special Education
1c Admission into BEDMSSBHS-B Education (Middle & Secondary Schooling), B Health Sciences
1d Admission into BEDSBHS-Bachelor of Education (Secondary), Bachelor of Health Sciences
1e Admission into BEDMSSBSC-B Education (Middle & Secondary Schooling), B Science
1f Admission into BAMTPR-Bachelor of Arts, Master of Teaching (Primary)
1g Admission into BEDSBSC-Bachelor of Education (Secondary), Bachelor of Science
1h Admission into BEDPRBA-Bachelor of Education (Primary), Bachelor of Arts
1i Admission into BAEPRP-Bachelor of Arts (Education (Primary) Pathway)
1j Admission into BEDECBA-Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood), Bachelor of Arts
1k Admission into BEDSHPE-Bachelor of Education (Secondary Health and Physical Education)
Must Satisfy: ((1 or 1a or 1b or 1c or 1d or 1e or 1f or 1g or 1h or 1i or 1j or 1k))
Enrolment not permitted
HLPE2524 has been successfully completed
Topic description

This topic will enable students to begin thinking 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 and their unique place in society can be better understood. It will provide students with a degree of autonomy 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

The students will be provided the opportunity to:

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

  1. Identify the future of sport 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