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EDH1150 Sociocultural Foundations of Sport and Physical Activity

Semester 1, 2011 Online Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Education
School or Department : Education

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Examiner: Kenneth Edwards
Moderator: Alice Brown


In most societies sport and associated physical activities have had great significance in terms of group identity, the sense of belonging, and developing a sense of individual worth. This course provides an introduction to the sociocultural foundations of human movement through consideration of aspects and issues that influence participation in and attitudes towards, the sport and physical activities of groups and individuals. It is designed to acquaint students with the sociocultural field, thereby providing an introductory knowledge of important ongoing social, historical and cultural issues within the sport and physical activity context.
The course will enable students to recognise the extremely important distinction between being familiar with selected sociocultural dimensions of human movement and understanding these dimensions in a systematic and structured way. The course will draw upon knowledge and insights from different areas of study to help students understand and critically explore the role and importance of sport and physical activity in society.


This course aims to provide students with the opportunity to interpret and discipline areas and issues related to sociocultural foundations of sport and physical activity and to become increasingly independent and reflective learners. It is expected that you will develop skills in a range of understandings and competencies for interpreting and analysing sport and physical activity issues within the wider and complex social environment of Australia and The World. The course adopts the view that sport and other forms of physical activity are microcosms of a larger community and as such reproduce and emphasise the dominant ideologies of that community.

The opportunity for active participation in the course is provided via reflection on personal experiences and acquired knowledge through cooperative group-work, discussion forums and feedback sessions.


The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. The assessment item(s) that may be used to assess student achievement of an objective are shown in parenthesis. On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. review book chapters and journal articles at an introductory level as part of an awareness of wider social, historical and cultural issues surrounding physical activity in Australia and the world. (Assessment 1 and Assessment 2)
  2. justify decisions and judgments and analyse issues in sport and physical activity in a variety of social, historical and cultural contexts. (Assessment 1 and Assessment 2)
  3. appreciate the causes and impact of social issues within sport and physical activity and challenge societal practices which disenfranchise individuals and/or groups with respect to their involvement in sport and physical activity. (Assessment 1 and Assessment 2)
  4. demonstrate an understanding of the major issues common to the sociocultural area and the study of humans in movement (sport and physical activity) and be able to evaluate these from different perspectives and inter-disciplinary viewpoints. (Assessment 1 and Assessment 2)
  5. use thinking skills such as investigation, evaluation, analysing perspectives and reflection in issues related to your involvement and that of others in sport and physical activity in a variety of roles such as participant, spectator, official or observer. (Assessment 1 and Assessment 2)
  6. demonstrate competent standards of communication and professional responsibility by having completed all subject requirements on time and by participating in lectures and tutorials/forums. (Assessment 1 and Assessment 2)
  7. demonstrate expertise in completing appropriate assessment tasks based on the content material of the lectures, tutorials/forums and readings. (Assessment 1 and Assessment 2)
  8. demonstrate knowledge of the salient aspects of the sociocultural area in order to evaluate and enhance learning in further courses of study. (Assessment 1 and Assessment 2)
  9. demonstrate competence in and appropriate use of language and literacy, including spelling, grammar, punctuation and bibliographic referencing. (Assessment 1 and Assessment 2)


Description Weighting(%)
1. Overview of Sociocultural Aspects and Sport Studies
1.1. Sociocultural Study of Sport and Physical Activity Overview
1.2. Sport in Society ? Sporting Culture (and Sub-cultures)
1.3. Play, Games and Sport
1.4. Sport Ethnography
1.5. Issues and Developments in Sport and Physical Education
2. Anthropology of Sport
2.1.1. Anthropology of Sport
2.1.2. Case Study: Australian Aboriginals
2.2.1. Traditional Games of the World
2.2.2. Cross-cultural and Comparative Sport and PE
3. Historical Aspects of Sport (choice from:)
3.1. Origins of Sport and Sport in Primitive and Ancient Societies
3.2. Roman Contests and Games: ? Gladiators and Chariot Racing
3.3. Medieval Europe ? Tournaments and Games
3.4. Renaissance, Reformation, and Enlightenment (1300 to 1800)
3.5. Muscular Christianity
3.6. The Industrial Revolution and Emergence of Organised Competitive Sports (into the 21st Century)
3.7. Australian Sporting Cultural Heritage: ? Indigenous and European
3.8. Australian Sporting Identity: ? Hegemony and Myth
3.9. Sports Biographies
3.10. Modern and Post-modern Sport
4. Sport as a Social Phenomena (selected topics from:)
4.1. Social Class and Sport
4.2. Race and Ethnicity
4.3. Government, Politics and Nationalism
4.4. Modern Olympics
4.5. Science, Coaching and the Body
4.6.Gender and Power: Men and Women
4.7. Violence in Sport
4.8. The Media and Business in Sport
4.9. Globalisation and Sport
5. Philosophical Considerations in Sport
5.1. Ethics and Sport: Competition, Sportsmanship, Cheating, and Failure
5.2. Amateurism and Professionalism, Olympic ?Ideal?

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • There is no set text for this course.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Adair, D, and Vamplew, W 1997, Sport in Australian History, Oxford University Press, Melbourne, VIC.
  • Blanchard, K 1995, The Anthropology of Sport, revi edn, Bergin and Garvey, Westport, CNN.
  • Coakley, JJ 2008, Sport in Society: Issues and Controversies, 10th edn, McGraw-Hill, Boston, MA.
  • Coakley, JJ, adapted by, Hallinan, C, Mewett, P and Jackson, S 2008, Sports in society: issues and controversies in Australia and New Zealand, McGraw-Hill, Sydney, NSW.
  • Kirk, D, Nauright, J, Hanrahan, S, MacDonald, D & Jobling, I 1996, The socio-cultural foundations of human movement, MacMillan Education Australia, South Melbourne, VIC.
  • Mechikoff, RA and Estes, SG 2006, A history and philosophy of sport and physical education: from ancient civilizations to the modern world, McGraw-Hill, Boston, MA.
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Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Directed Study 70.00
Independent Study 70.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives assessed Graduate skill Level assessed Notes
ASSIGN 1:WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT 40 40 15 Apr 2011 1,2,3,4,5,6, 7,8,9 U1,U2,U3,U4,U7,U8,U10 2,2,2,2,2, 2,2
ASSIGN 2:RESEARCH PRESENTATION 60 60 03 Jun 2011 1,2,3,4,5,6, 7,8,9 U1,U2,U3,U4,U5,U7,U9,U10 2,2,2,2,2, 2,2

Graduate qualities and skills

Elements of the following USQ Graduate Skills are associated with the sucessful completion of this course.
Ethical research and enquiry (U1)Intermediate (Level 2)
Sustainable practice (U10)Intermediate (Level 2)
Problem solving (U2)Intermediate (Level 2)
Academic, professional and digital literacy (U3)Intermediate (Level 2)
Interpersonal skills (U5)Intermediate (Level 2)
Cultural literacy (U7)Intermediate (Level 2)
Management, planning and organisational skills (U8)Intermediate (Level 2)
Creativity, initiative and enterprise (U9)Intermediate (Level 2)

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of the examiner then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded. No assignments will be accepted after model answers have been posted.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    As there are no examinations in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. Assessment items are designed to determine the extent to which the course objectives have been achieved. A full assessment outline and appropriate assessment criteria will be provided.

  2. APA style is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use APA style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide. //

Other requirements

  1. Students will require access to e-mail and have Internet access to UConnect for this course.

  2. NOTE: Minimum enrolment numbers apply to this offering. Should enrolments not reach the minimum number required for on-campus study, students may be transferred to the WEB offering and advised of this change before semester commences.

  3. Risk Management. There are no risks beyond the ordinary associated with this course.