Students have the opportunity to investigate current social factors that have a bearing on participation in exercise and sport and its potential health benefits. Factors that may enhance participation or those that may be barriers include: age, gender, sexual orientation, ability/disability, socioeconomic status, religion and race/ethnicity. Professionals in the fields of teaching, coaching, exercise prescription and therapy, as well as management and policy-making need to be sensitive and responsive to participants, 'clients' or employees from a number of different cultural backgrounds, with their respective attitudes and beliefs about the body, male/female relations, etc.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Explain sociological perspectives of sport and exercise;  
  2. Contrast different perspectives in sociology of sport about socialisation, media, gender, youth sports, race and ethnicity and globalisation;  
  3. Critically use and analyse documents and other materials in the field of sport sociology;  
  4. Locate, discuss and critically analyse aspects of sport and exercise from a sociological perspective;  
  5. Utilise sociological method and inquiry to inform individual practice and challenge the construction of one's own beliefs in relation to sport and exercise in society; and  
  6. In collaboration with others, demonstrate responsibility and accountability for own learning through a coherent oral presentation.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Online Quiz 15%
Essay Assignment 30%
Presentation Debate 30%
Test In Class Test 25%

Required reading

Sports in society: issues and controversies in Australia and New Zealand, 2nd edn,
Coakley, J, Hallinan, C & McDonald, B 2011,
Australia: McGraw-Hill.

All other class materials, including tutorial readings, tutorial questions and other information will be available on the online learning platform.

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