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This subject aims to engage students in the process of designing a proposal to lead change in a ‘real world’ problem. It looks at the role sport plays within society as an agency for change at the grassroots level. Students will have an opportunity to visit a range of sporting facilities and see first-hand how community programs are adapting to change and meeting the needs of an increasingly diverse population. They will hear from a range of speakers who are experts in their respective fields, discussing the wider role of sport as a tool for change. The subject will explore sport in community settings and examine the educative role it plays dealing with issues such as disability, homophobia and social inequity. Students will investigate what community sport facilities and programs are currently doing to address these issues, and the leadership roles they have taken on in these areas.
Students will have the opportunity to give back to their local community by working creatively with their own sporting club or community group on a negotiated project, taking on a leadership role. Through a staged process starting with the development of an Action Plan, students will explore a problem and consider a range of solutions culminating in a recommendation for action and the publication of a Press Release.
Areas covered include leadership, community development, teamwork, the design process and reflective practice. Processes include planning, reflective writing, teamwork and personal development.
Intended learning outcomes
- Demonstrate an understanding of the role of sport in the community and explain why sport holds such a prominent place in the Australian psyche.
- Identify major social issues and illustrate how sports programs can be used to engage diverse communities and provide opportunities for socialisation and engagement in the wider community.
- Understand the growing impact of commercialised sport on grassroots and community-based sport, and its wider implications.
- Analyse the role and obligations of the media in the reporting and presentation of sport.
- Demonstrate the use and integration of knowledge gained verbally and in written form.
- Demonstrate the ability to consult effectively with a range of stakeholders to make a case for change.
On completion of this subject students should have developed a range of transferable, core generic skills, which can be applied across a range of settings, not only in education but also in the broader workplace.
- Problem-solving skills
- Analytical and conceptual thinking skills
- Improved skills in planning, organisation and written communication
- Improved personal skills in oral communication and presentation.
- Ability to work individually and as a team member within a community and a business setting.
- Ability to demonstrate leadership skills.
- An understanding of social and cultural diversity, including indigenous cultures.
- Leadership potential through practising, initiating and implementing constructive change.
Last updated: 21 February 2020