Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


4000 level

Course handbook


In this course students will examine how physical activity and sport, and through them Health and Physical Education, are products of particular historical, social and cultural conditions. Through identifying and discussing key sociocultural issues relating to the body, physical activity and sport, students will recognise different viewpoints and their impact on contemporary practices. Students will critically analyse approaches to issues such as: the social meanings of sport in Australia; health and the body; gender, sexuality and physical activity; the media and sport; ethnicity and race; youth cultures; and sport and politics; with a view to incorporating a sociocultural perspective within health and physical education teaching practices.



  • Semester 1 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Discuss how physical activity, sport and physical education are products of particular historical, social and cultural conditions

2. Identify and critically evaluate different perspectives on issues relating to physical activity, sport and physical education;

3. Develop their own values and philosophies regarding sport, physical activity, and HPE;

4. Use inquiry-related skills and critical thinking to develop an argument in relation to sport issues, beliefs and values; and

5. Engage with the arguments and evidence in academic writing and research written from a sociological perspective.


This course will include the following content:

  • a sociocultural perspective of sport, physical activity and Health and Physical Education
  • the social meanings of sport and physical activity in Australian and other societies
  • young people and physical activity;
  • gender, sexuality and physical activity;
  • media, sport and physical activity
  • ethnicity, race and sport
  • politics and sport
  • social meanings of the body in relation to health and physical activity
  • contemporary view of physical activity catering for the needs of young people including gender, sexuality and culture

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Review and reflection

Essay: Essay

Presentation: Presentations: Group

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 24 hour(s) per Term Full Term

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