This unit takes as its major focus the nature of sport, leisure, human movement and sport science in Australia. Analysis of these is informed by poststructuralism, feminism, cultural studies and social history. These approaches are linked by a common concern to adopt a critical perspective in which the inequalities of class, gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, disability and age are revealed to be central to any attempt to understand sport. In terms of implementing change, it is argued that these fields represent an arena for struggle as they occupy a contradictory position in Australia. This provides the opportunity to reinterpret and reformulate the positioning, meanings and opportunities available in sport and leisure.

Unit details

Location:
Study level:
Undergraduate
Credit points:
12
Unit code:
AHE3111

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Employ poststructuralism, feminism, cultural studies and social history to analyse subject matter in violence, gender, race / ethnicity and economy in sports;  
  2. Critically review, in writing, both current sociologically informed, and popular, perspectives related to violence, gender, race / ethnicity and economy in sports;  
  3. Apply critical thinking and professional judgement to assess discourses about major sociological topics; and  
  4. Present a clear, coherent oral exposition critiquing current understanding on a topic utilising an identified theoretical approach from sociology.  

Assessment

Assessment type Description Grade
Test Quiz 1 20%
Test Quiz 2 20%
Assignment Fieldwork assignment 30%
Presentation Class presentation 30%

Required reading

Sport in society 2: Sociological Issues and Controversies, 2nd ed,
Coakley, J, Hallinan, C, & McDonald, B 2011,
Australia: McGraw-Hill.

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