EHR303 Contemporary Issues in Physical Activity (8)

This subject will enable students to develop knowledge of pertinent and contemporary issues in physical activity, sport and recreation in education and in the sports industry both in Australia and globally. Students are provided with a range of theoretical tools with which to critically analyse issues and to develop a strong appreciation of the complex place of physical activity in society. Students evaluate sources of knowledge related to physical activity and sport and further develop skills in critical thinking. In addition, students will explore, assess and evaluate the relationship between theory and current issues in their preferred field. Some issues dealt with include ethics, gender, Indigeneity, religion, drugs, race, traditional sporting practices and the emergence of youth cultures in physical activity.

Subject availability
Session 2 (60)
Bathurst Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.
Subject Information
Grading System
One session
School of Exercise Science, Sport and Health
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to utilise theories as tools to critically examine current issues in physical activity, such as issues of gender, race and religion, socialisation through sport, violence and deviance in sport and the future of sports;
  • be able to collect, synthesise and evaluate sources of information;
  • be able to critique the ways in which knowledge about physical activity influences the teaching of, and narratives surrounding, physical activity and sport;
  • be able to integrate relevant information and to effectively communicate their opinions;
  • be able to examine the origins and significance of personal biases when evaluating sources of information and forming opinions;
  • be able to critically evaluate the challenges, barriers and enablers of participating in exercise and sport to inform culturally safe practice;
  • be able to identify and respond to issues surrounding sustainability related to the global sports industry.
The subject will cover the following topics:
- Discussing the five most commonly used theories in physical activity (ie. functionalist theory, critical theory, feminist theories, interactionist theories, and conflict theory);
- A discussion on critical reading and thinking skills;
- Sport, socialisation and school sport;
- Gender issues in physical activity;
- Violence and deviance in sport;
- Race, ethnicity and religion in physical activity;
- Drugs in sport;
- Internationalism, globalisation and sport as big business;
- Sport, the body and identities;
- Sport and the environment;
- Sport and social division;
- The future and politics of sports.
Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure you will need to contact your Course Director. You can find the name and contact details for your Course Director in your offer letter or contact your School office.

Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2017 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: June 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.