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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