Understanding sport is central to understanding Australian culture and Australians' sense of who they are in the world. Sport is part of day-to-day discourse and a central part of Australian culture, yet receives comparatively little attention as an area of serious academic study at Australian universities. This unit of study therefore dissects the role played by youth sport and sport in Australian society from an historical and socio-cultural perspective. Youth sport in this unit encompasses physical education and school sport, organised community sport as well as any organised youth physical activity. This unit endeavours to place greater emphasis on theories that have emerged regarding youth sport and sport issues. These include how youth sport and sport in general have been constructed over time and how each relates to themes such as class, gender, age, ethnicity, sexuality, social identity, policy, politics, commercialism, nationalism, disability and racism. The unit is structured in a way to encourage the development of arguments and ideas through weekly responses and a research presentation. This unit of study is designed to encourage student-based multi-disciplinary inquiry as laid out by the Education III design. It is designed also to encourage students to become informed citizens and life-long learners.
1x1hr lecture/wk for 8 weeks, 1x3hr seminar/wk for 8 wks, 1x4hr fieldtrip
research seminar presentation (25%) and 5x1,000wd written responses (75%)
42 credit points of units