Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr David Dunstan(Caulfield); Daryl Nation (Gippsland)


Previously coded AUS1070


A study of sport in contemporary Australia and a study of Australian society and values through an investigation of sport. Includes the origins of popular mainstream codes such as Australian Rules football (including possible Gaelic and Aboriginal origins), rugby, tennis, boxing, racing, swimming and cricket. Further topics include the commercialisation of sport, the politics and professionalisation of sport, sport and the construction of national identity. Institutions and events studied include the Australian Football League, Soccer Australia, the World Cup, the Olympic Games and Commonwealth Games and the AIS. Wider issues studied include gender, race and ethnicity in sport, sport and the media.


Students can expect to: demonstrate an understanding of the evolution of contemporary sporting practices; key issues in the study of sport in Australia today and of sport's contribution to Australian national identity. Students will further demonstrate the ability to: critically evaluate topical debates dealing with sport; conduct independent research and group research and communicate findings; engage in independent and critical thinking, written analysis and communication.


Assignment (2000 words): 40%
Class presentation (1000 words): 20%
Short report working in groups (500 words): 10%
Tutorial and field trip participation: 10%
Class test (1000 words): 20%
A fieldwork excursion is included in the program

Assignment (2000 words): 40%
Review exercise x 2 (1000 words): 30%
Take home test (1500 words): 30%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr David Dunstan

Contact hours

Three hours per week

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

Australian studies