This course offers an introduction to the sociocultural foundations of human movement through consideration of aspects, forces and issues that influence participation in and attitudes towards sport, physical activity and exercise of individuals and groups of people in Australia and internationally. The course draws upon knowledge and insights from different areas of study within the sociocultural domain to help health and physical education (HPE) pre-service educators understand and critically explore the role and importance of sport and physical activity in society. These sociocultural issues range from historical, anthropological, social and philosophical aspects of sport and physical activity. Through research, interpretation, critical analysis, evaluation and the production of responses to diverse equity and access issues in sport and physical activity within the wider and complex social environment of Australia and internationally, students will develop skills and competencies necessary in educational and other relevant professional milieus.
Students are provided the opportunity to become acquaint with the sociocultural field of sport and physical activity, thereby affording them an introductory knowledge and understanding of important ongoing social, historical, cultural and philosophical issues within the sport and physical activity context. Throughout the course students are offered the opportunity to actively participate in and reflect on personal experiences and acquire knowledge and understanding through individual reflective and research work, cooperative inquiry based learning such as group-work and debates, small and large group discussions, online discussion forums and through constructivist feedback sessions.