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A World of Sport: Culture, Communities and Communication ( 6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL)


Leader: Dr David Dunstan , Mr Chris Baker

Not offered in 2006.

Synopsis: This unit studies sport in international and Australian contexts as a global phenomenon. Australia's in organisations like the Olympic Games movement (IOC), the role of sport in different communities and culture, also representation and the media, government, politics and professionalism, regulation, sporting communities and public policy. An understanding of sporting traditions and the construction of identity and heritage. The significance of places, stadiums and territory, gender, regional diversity and equity and social opportunity. Students undertake a special industry study with emphasis on theoretical concerns and research techniques.

Objectives: Upon successful completion of the unit students will be able to demonstrate: 1. An understanding of different theories of society, individual and group identity and of sport. 2. A critical understanding of key issues in the study of international sport, including the complex interplay between social ideals and aspirations and commercial, political, developmental and individual concerns. 3. An understanding of different institutional, developmental and community concerns in selected sporting traditions and institutions. 4. A critical and comparative understanding of Australia's contribution to international sport and exchange. 5. An ability to critically evaluate the role of allied industries in sport, including the media, in the development and representation of sport. 6. An ability to conduct independent research and to document and communicate findings. 7. Improved skills of independent and critical thinking, English language, and written and oral communication. 8. An ability to develop research techniques to inform theoretical concerns in industry studies.

Assessment: 1 Research essay (2150 words): 48%; 2 Short essay 1: (900 words): 20%; 3 Seminar, placement or fieldwork participation 10%; 4 Examination (1000 words): 22%; Additional comment This subject is part of the Major in Sport Management (BusEco) but available as an elective in other programs

Contact Hours: Three hours per week One two lecture and one one hour

Prohibitions: AUS2015