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Sport, Education and the Media (EDUC20068)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeEDUC20068
Semester 1
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

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.

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


Additional details

  • Summaries of selected readings (400 words in total) submitted at the end of semester (10%).
  • A Case Study examining a particular sport-related situation or scenario (1600 words) due mid semester (40%)
  • Analysis of the representation of a current sporting event/issue in the media (2000 words) due at the end of semester (50%)

This subject has a minimum hurdle requirement of 80% attendance at all tutorials, seminars and workshops.”

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    Principal coordinatorAnna Krohn
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hoursContact Hours: One 1-hour lecture and one 2-hour workshop per week.
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019
    Last self-enrol date15 March 2019
    Census date31 March 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail10 May 2019
    Assessment period ends28 June 2019

    Semester 1 contact information

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorAnna Krohn
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hoursContact Hours: One 1-hour lecture and one 2-hour workshop per week.
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019
    Census date31 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 September 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

    Semester 2 contact information

Time commitment details

170 hours

Further information

Last updated: 19 July 2019