History of Australian Sport

Course code HIST2490Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

Considers the history of sport in Australia. It will consider the origins and ethos of organised games from the Ancient world through an examination of the Ancient Olympics, and their linkages with sport in the modern world. The course will consider the rise of major sports in Australia in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and will examine some of the legends and controversies of Australia's sporting past. The course will conclude with consideration of a number of problems and controversies in the sporting world, and provide an historical perspective on the origins and nature of these issues.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesUpon completion of this course students will be expected to: display an understanding of the origins of modern Australian sport; display an understanding of the development of sport as a major factor in Australian life in the colonial period and in the twentieth century; show an ability to critically analyse primary documents in the sports history field; be able to critically discuss and research aspects of sport in both Australia and the wider world in both the past and the present; and be able to bring historical knowledge to bear upon the understanding of present-day issues associated with sport.
ContentThis course will be divided into three sections. The first will briefly consider the origins and growth of modern sport. The second will examine the rise of sport in Australia from colonial times to the modern day and its links with Australian cultural identities while the third section will be devoted to considering issues and controversies such as cheating, racism, inequality of gender access, big business, drug-taking and corruption in sport in Australia.
Replacing Course(s)HIST3490
TransitionStudents who have completed HIST3490 are not eligible to enrol
Industrial Experience0
Assumed Knowledge20 units in History or Ancient History at 1000 level or equivalent.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Examination: ClassOne class test or equivalent task, 20% - due end semester
Essays / Written AssignmentsOne tutorial paper or equivalent task, 30% (1250-1500 words)- due mid semester
Essays / Written AssignmentsOne Essay, 40% (2000-2250 words) - due late semester
Quiz - ClassOne class quiz and source analysis, 10% (500 words)- due early semester
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term