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Focused on sports education, community sport, and the important role the media plays in sport, this subject examines the place and significance of sport in Australia as a form of social education.
It examines both historical and contemporary issues related to the growing tensions between sport’s traditional role as a form of moral education and the emergence of sport as a commercial commodity. It explores the changing definitions of sport and the purpose sport serves in contemporary society. This analysis of sport education and community sport is informed by an investigation of the growing role and responsibilities of the media in shaping sports.
It will include topics such as elite sport versus sport for all, health and participation rates, social welfare, gender, violence, race and ethnicity. It will focus on current events in sport and how these issues impact on teaching and learning.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of the course it is expected that students should be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the changing place and practice of sport and physical education in the curriculum of Australian schools.
- Explain why sport and physical activity assume such importance in lives of many young Australians.
- Illustrate how sports programs can be used to engage young people with education and provide opportunities for socialization into Australian culture.
- Identify major social and educational issues arising from tensions between the traditional model of sport in schools and community settings, and a model of sport as a commercial commodity in Australia.
- Describe how elite level commercial sport can impact on learning and on the practice of community-based sport and sport in schools.
- Analyse the role and obligations of the media in the reporting of sport and the various social issues that it raises.
- Understand the pedagogical role of the media and the implications for learning outcomes in education.
Last updated: 22 November 2023