The unit examines the development and evaluation of global and national policies for promoting physical activity. It will identify key stakeholders in physical activity across the public, private and civil society sectors. Students will explore major physical activity policy developments and the translation of those policies into practice. Students will also consider how to construct a policy analysis of physical activity issues and reform proposals.

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On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Identify and interrogate key national and global charters, conventions and policies. promoting physical activity and evaluate their impact in a variety of contemporary and emerging contexts including low and middle income countries;  
  2. Conceptually map the roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders in physical activity across public, private and civil society and investigate models of cross-sectoral collaboration;  
  3. Deconstruct existing policy analysis frameworks in order to deduce a model that can then be applied to a particular policy issue or reform within their scope of practice;  
  4. Investigate and recommend generic strategies by which physical activity policy translates to practical public health interventions; and  
  5. Formulate and justify a brief policy statement around a particular physical activity-related public health issue.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Report Policy Analysis - Audit (concepts, language, discourse, author, audience) and comparison of two (2) selected policy texts (1500 words equivalent) 20%
Case Study Policy to Practice: A Case Study (4000 words equivalent) 50%
Presentation Policy Formulation: Response to Public Health Issue (Active Living) (2000 words equivalvent) 30%

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