EHR327 Indigenous Peoples: Sport, Identity & Culture (8)

Using the cultural competence pedagogical framework, this subject provides students with the opportunity to examine how participation in sport and physical activity impacts upon Indigenous Australian peoples. Through the use of a comparative cultural analysis of Australian, New Zealand and North American sporting case studies, students will be challenged to reflect on, question and critique their cultural assumptions and contest indigenous sporting stereotypes.


The subject’s learning design further creates spaces for students to explore the place of sport and physical activity in (re)producing the cultural identity of indigenous peoples.  In this subject, students will be engaged in learning experiences that require them to propose and advocate for policy and practices that acknowledge, accommodate and celebrate Indigenous Australian cultural diversity in sport, recreation and physical activity settings.

Subject availability
Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Bathurst Campus
Port Macquarie
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 explain how participation in play, physical activity and sport impacts upon Indigenous Australian peoples
  • be able to critically analyse and differentiate between the sporting cultural practices of Indigenous Australian people in selected case study applications;
  • be able to demonstrate awareness of and adopt sensitivity to cultural practices beyond their own belief system;
  • be able to question cultural value assumptions and challenge Indigenous Australian sporting stereotypes;
  • be able to interrogate current sporting policy and practice to identify cultural dissonance;
  • be able to advocate for respectful partnerships between Indigenous Australian and non-Indigenous Australian people in and through sport;
  • be able to crtically explore the major paradigms of the sport and exercise science discipline and how these paradigms influence the impact of the profession on clients from Indigenous Australian cultures.
The subject will cover the following topics:
  • The role and significance of sport, exercise and physical activity to Indigenous Australian peoples;
  • Indigenous play, physical activity and sport: a global perspective;
  • Socio-cultural characteristics of selected populations of Indigenous Australian peoples as these relate to sport, exercise and physical activity;
  • Values clarification and cultural sensitivity;
  • Challenging sporting stereotypes of Indigenous Australian peoples;
  • Sport policy and practice in relation to Indigenous Australian peoples;
  • Advocating for respectful partnerships: strategies for success within sport, exercise and physical activity.
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

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 334 733 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

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.