In this unit, students explore the social, cultural and policy factors that shape the knowledge base, participation levels and individual experiences of physical activity. There is a focus on situating physical (in)activity within the broad structure of the health and sport systems in Australia and students critically interrogate the impact of physical activity policy and practice through a social determinants model of health. The unit aims to prepare professionals in the fields of exercise and sport science to understand and articulate the relationship between physical activity, society and public health and to enable them to become effective, sensitive and responsive practitioners for a wide range of clients, with diverse experiences and perspectives of physical activity, health and the body.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Critically analyse physical (in)activity data (including 'at risk' groups), policies and programs (including the use of individual and population level-interventions) using a social determinants model of health;  
  2. Contextualise physical activity knowledge and experiences within the broader structure of health and sport systems in Australia; and,  
  3. Articulate the relationship between physical activity, society and public health for a non-specialist audience.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Essay Written task: Topic responses 30%
Assignment Observation and contextualisation of physical activity in practice 40%
Assignment Group project: Physical activity, society and public health podcast episode 30%

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