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AUS1070 - Sport and Society in Australia

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Chris Baker, Tom Heenan


Gippsland Second semester 2007 (Day)
Peninsula Second semester 2007 (Day)


A study of sport in contemporary Australia and a study of Australian society and values through an investigation of sport. Includes the origins of popular mainstream codes such as Australian Rules football (including possible Gaelic and Aboriginal origins), rugby, tennis, boxing, racing, swimming and cricket. Further topics include the commercialisation of sport, the politics and professionalisation of sport, sport and the construction of national identity. Institutions and events studied include the Australian Football League, Soccer Australia, the World Cup, the Olympic Games and Commonwealth Games and the AIS. Wider issues studied include gender, race and ethnicity in sport, sport and the media.


Students can expect to: demonstrate an understanding of the evolution of contemporary sporting practices; key issues in the study of sport in Australia today and of sport's contribution to Australian national identity. Students will further demonstrate the ability to: critically evaluate topical debates dealing with sport; conduct independent research and group research and communicate findings; engage in independent and critical thinking, written analysis and communication.


Research Essay (2000 words) : 40%
Short Essay (1000 words) : 20%
Short report working in groups (500 words) : 10%
Tutorial and fieldtrip participation: 10%
Examination (1000 words) : 20%
A fieldwork excursion is included in the program

Contact hours

Three hours per week