This unit of study is designed for students enrolled in the College of Sport and Exercise Science and acts to facilitate international experiences and learning opportunities. Specifically this unit will call upon students to utilise the skills, knowledge and expertise that they have developed during their degree in a range of community contexts in an international setting. The focus of this unit is for the student to begin to gain an understanding of your their cultural values and then explore the language, culture and sports system of the country that they are visiting by engaging in reflection about a series of real life intercultural teaching and learning experiences. These experiences will be grounded primarily within direct participatory engagement with a variety of sport communities such as attending professional sporting events, joining in grass roots practice, and incidental physical activity. This will result in a broadening of your experience and understanding communities of practice and result in an ability to engage more critically, and with greater diversity, to one's own communities of practice. This unit is designed for students in 2nd and 3rd years and enrolment in this unit is subject to an application process that requires approval from the course coordinator.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Compare various communities of sport practice in an international setting  
  2. Explain the major cultural and social influences that come to shape these communities of practice  
  3. Develop skills in observation and analysis and use these to assess the strengths and weaknesses of various communities of practice  
  4. Relate the experience of being involved in communities of practice in an international setting to one's own sport and exercise communities in Australia  


Assessment type Description Grade
Other Photo essay of community practices in sport and exercise Pass/Fail
Journal Reflexive Journal Pass/Fail
Minimum effective word limit of 3000 words in total, or equivalent

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