Faculty of Education

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedPeninsula First semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Professor Dawn Penney


This unit introduces students to the sociocultural foundations of health and physical education. Using the sub-disciplines of history, philosophy, and sociology, students examine the role of these areas in shaping and determining contemporary practices in health and physical education. Students learn that personal and contextual factors, together with individual and group actions, shape health, wellbeing, safety and participation in physical activity. Students develop their understandings through the application and critique of historical and contemporary practices within health and physical education.


Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. understand how sociocultural factors shape wellbeing, safety and participation in physical activity
  2. outline historical, philosophical and sociological drivers of knowledge and practice within health and physical education
  3. acquire, apply and critically evaluate movement skills, concepts and strategies in a variety of traditional and contemporary physical activity and health contexts
  4. analyse how varied and changing personal and contextual factors shape understandings of, and opportunities for, health and physical activity locally, regionally and globally.


Essay (can include individual and/or group work) (2000 words or equivalent per student, 50%)
Online journal (2000 words or equivalent, 50%)

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • 2 hours per week

(b.) Additional requirements:

  • 10 hours of independent study per week

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