Historical and Cultural Aspects of Australian Sport

Unit code: SSM2103 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
City Campus
Footscray Park


The aim of this unit is to provide students with an understanding of the social and cultural factors that, over time, have influenced the development of sport, recreation and leisure in Australia. The first part of the unit therefore provides an extended narrative framework which explores the evolution of sport in Australia from Aboriginal occupation to the late 20th century, with special emphasis given to developments in the Federation era and in the decades immediately following World War II. A number of sports and pastimes are considered as specific case studies, and students are encouraged to examine these case studies in the light of relevant key ideas, debates and concepts.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Explain the development of sport as a significant social and cultural force in Australian life;
  2. Find, critically use and analyse primary documents in the field of sport history;
  3. Critically discuss and research aspects of sport, recreation and leisure in an Australian context; and
  4. Assess relationships between historical knowledge and the understanding of current issues associated with sport, recreation and leisure.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Research Paper
Grade: 40%
Research paper (Digital history presentation/Blog idea)
Assessment type: Literature Review
Grade: 20%
Applied Research - Research Commentary
Assessment type: Test
Grade: 40%
Daily quizzes

Required reading

Selected readings will be made available via the unit VU Collaborate site.

As part of a course

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