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 First semester 2015 (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. identify and describe historical, philosophical, sociological, cultural and political drivers of knowledge and practice in health and physical education, health, physical activity and sport
  2. critically evaluate the influence of sociocultural factors on historical and contemporary policies and practices in health and physical education, health, physical activity and sport contexts
  3. understand how sociocultural factors shape wellbeing, safety and participation in health and physical education, health, physical activity and sport
  4. analyse how varied and changing personal and contextual factors shape understandings of, and opportunities for, health and physical activity locally, regionally and globally.


Online journal (1600 words or equivalent, 40%)
Examination (2 hours, 2400 words or equivalent, 60%)

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

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Chief examiner(s)

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