Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitNational Centre For Australian Studies
OfferedClayton First semester 2014 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Tom Heenan


Previously coded AUS3015


This unit examines Australian sport within a global context. It investigates Australian engagement with international sporting organisations and markets, as well as the role of sport in Australian and international society. It interrogates the power of business, industry and the media in Australian and international sport, and how their roles are refashioning the sporting landscape. It also examines the significance of international sport, positing sports as a major economic driver in the age of spectacle


Upon successful completion of this unit students will:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of sport as a cultural, economic and political phenomenon in a global context;
  2. exhibit a critical understanding of key issues in the study of international sport, including the complex interplay between social ideals and aspirations and commercial, political, development and individual concerns;
  3. have engaged with theoretical debates about the process of globalisation on Australian sporting economies and cultures;
  4. exhibit a critical understanding of the role of the media in the development, representation and ownership of sport;
  5. have built the capacity to research and critically evaluate topical and historiographical debates regarding sport;
  6. have developed skills in constructing evidence-based arguments using a variety of primary and secondary sources and demonstrated their ability to reflect critically on what they have learnt;
  7. have developed skills in written and oral presentation and communication


Tutorial participation: 10%
Minor assignment: 30%
Major essay: 40%
Test: 20%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

Three hours per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study