Introduction to Sport and Active Recreation

Unit code: SSM1101 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
City Campus
Footscray Park


This unit introduces students to the breadth of sport and active recreation in Australia. It contributes to an understanding of definitions, theories and principles specific to the sport and active recreation. Students gain an understanding of the structure and role of government, community organisations and businesses in sport and recreation service delivery. Through debating contemporary issues this unit also assists students to develop a personal and professional philosophy about sport and active recreation service delivery.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Explain definitions, theories and principles related to sport and active recreation;
  2. Investigate sport and active recreation services in Australia and discuss how these services fit within the community context;
  3. Articulate the roles of government, non-profit and commercial organisations in the delivery of local and national sport and active recreation services;
  4. Reflect upon direct experiences of sport/recreation and relate these to the studied theories/contexts; and,
  5. Collaborate to locate, analyse and present contemporary sport or active recreation issues.

Study as a single unit

This unit can be studied on its own, without enrolling in a full degree.

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For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Other
Grade: 10%
Group mind map of a contemporary sport and recreation issue
Assessment type: Essay
Grade: 50%
Reflective essay based on lifestyle journal
Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 40%
Group presentation and individual responses

Required reading

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

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