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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Dr Jonathan Magee



  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


In this introductory unit students examine sport and its significance in contemporary culture. It covers a range of topics, providing students with a foundation to understand the key ideas within cultural analyses of sport. Students use concepts from cultural studies theory to question why sport is so important in today's world and how sport can help with understanding society. Topics covered include the relationship of sport to culture, nationalism and politics and understanding how sport, for example AFL, has been used by some groups to resist dominant cultures. Students also learn about the growth of the sports industry and examine sport and the media, the rise of the sports celebrity, and sport and governance.


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

  1. articulate their understanding of sport and culture in a local and national context
  2. identify and discuss key aspects of the sports industry
  3. explain the significance of sport within local, national and global culture and industry
  4. understand cultural theory concepts of ideology, hegemony and power and how they relate to sport.


Film review (1200 words, 30%)
Essays (2800 words, 70%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per semester comprising:

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

  • 24 contact hours per semester (lectures/tutorials and workshops)

(b.) Additional requirements:

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

See also Unit timetable information

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