Social Dimensions of Sport and Exercise

Unit code: AHE3116 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Park


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.

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.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Test
Grade: 15%
Online Quiz
Assessment type: Essay
Grade: 30%
Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 30%
Assessment type: Test
Grade: 25%
In Class Test

Required reading

Sports in society: Issues and controversies in Australia and New Zealand
Coakley, J., Hallinan, C., & McDonald, B. (2011).| McGraw-Hill.

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