Sport and Education in Australia

Subject EDUC20068 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Contact Hours: One 1-hour lecture and one 2-hour workshop per week.
Total Time Commitment:

Total Time Commitment: 120 hours

Attendance at all classes (tutorial/seminars/practical classes/lectures/labs/online classes) is obligatory. Failure to attend 80% of classes will normally result in failure in the subject.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects:
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.

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Subject Overview:

Focused on physical education and community sport, this subject examines the place and significance of sport in Australia as a form of social education. It examines both historical and contemporary issues related to growing tensions between sport’s traditional role as a form of moral education and the emergence of sport as a commercial commodity and the growing role of the media. It will include topics such as elite sport versus sport for all, health and participation rates, social welfare, gender, violence, race and ethnicity.


On completion of the course it is expected that students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the changing place and practice of sport and physical education in the curriculum of Australian schools.
  • Explain why sport and physical activity assume such importance in lives of many young Australians.
  • Illustrate how sports programs can be used to engage young people with education and provide opportunities for socialization into Australian culture.
  • Identify major social and educational issues arising from tensions between the traditional model of sport in schools and community settings, and a model of sport as a commercial commodity in Australia.
  • Describe how elite level commercial sport can impact on learning and on the practice of community-based sport and sport in schools.
  • Online Quizzes testing understanding of course material covered in the lectures, tutorials and readings, due dates are spread through the semester, 20% in total
  • A Case Study examining a particular sport related situation or scenario (1500 words) due mid semester, 30%
  • Analysis of the representation of a current sporting event/issue in the media (2000 words) due at the end of semester, 50%

Prescribed Texts:

Subject reader or readings online.

Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

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Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
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Related Breadth Track(s): Leading Community Sport and Recreation

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