Faculty of Education

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 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 Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Karen Lambert


This unit examines how understanding health and physical education (HPE) requires an appreciation of how HPE connects to broader issues within society. Students are supported to use sociological theory to examine various case studies linked to broader issues such as sexuality, homophobia, gender, health and ethnicity. Students use the case studies to investigate and describe the contemporary developments in HPE and consider how these have influenced, or are likely to influence, practice in their schools. Students are introduced to key sociological ideas and supported to develop knowledge of how to use theory to examine contemporary practice. Students develop their knowledge of core issues within HPE including those associated with diversity and inclusion. Students are encouraged to consider how they might develop strategies as future teachers to respond to the issues they examine. The unit supports students to understand and implement relevant HPE curriculum in their future careers.


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

  1. understand and articulate a range of sociological theories and apply these to examine pedagogical practice
  2. demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the issues in HPE associated with diversity and inclusion
  3. work independently and collaboratively to solve complex problems in HPE contexts
  4. understand and implement relevant HPE curriculum and pedagogy for learners in Australian and international contexts.


Critical letter (1600 words, 40%)
Abstract and poster presentation (2400 words, 60%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

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

  • one 2-hour workshop per week for 12 weeks

(b.) Additional requirements:

  • independent study to make up the minimum required hours per week

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