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AUS2015 - A World of Sport: Culture, Communities and Communication

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Dr David Dunstan , Mr Chris Baker


Peninsula First semester 2007 (Day)


This unit studies sport in international and Australian contexts as a global phenomenon. Australia's in organisations like the Olympic Games movement (IOC), the role of sport in different communities and culture, also representation and the media, government, politics and professionalism, regulation, sporting communities and public policy. An understanding of sporting traditions and the construction of identity and heritage. The significance of places, stadiums and territory, gender, regional diversity and equity and social opportunity. Students undertake a special industry study.


Upon successful completion of the unit students will be able to demonstrate:

  1. An understanding of different theories of society, individual and group identity and of sport.
  2. A critical understanding of key issues in the study of international sport, including the complex interplay between social ideals and aspirations and commercial, political, developmental and individual concerns.
  3. An understanding of different institutional, developmental and community concerns in selected sporting traditions and institutions.
  4. A critical and comparative understanding of Australia's contribution to international sport and exchange.
  5. An ability to critically evaluate the role of allied activities, including the media, in the development and representation of sport. An ability to develop methodological research techniques to inform theoretical concerns in industry studies.
  6. An ability to conduct independent research and to document and communicate findings.
  7. Improved skills of independent and critical thinking, English language, and written and oral communication.


Research essay (2150 words): 48%;
Short essay 1: (900 words): 20%;
Seminar and fieldwork participation 10%;
Examination (1000 words): 22%

Contact hours

Three hours per week One two hour lecture and one one hour seminar