EHR101 Sociocultural Foundations of Human Movement (8)

This subject is designed to stimulate the student's interest in the sociocultural and historical foundations of sport and physical education in Australian society. It will encourage students to begin to critically examine the nature and significance of sports and physical activity in our society. Central to this subject is the notion that sports are social constructions that are created, influenced and modified by human social agents or factors.


Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Bathurst Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Bathurst Campus
Session 3 (90)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: EHR101. 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

Enrolment Restrictions

Available to students in:

Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science

Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science (Sport Management)

Bachelor of Sport Media

Bachelor of Education (Health & PE)

Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary)

Bachelor of Educational Studies

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to examine 'taken-for-granted' assumptions about the nature of sports and physical education
  • be able to articulate the role and significance of sport and physical activity in society and in school-based physical education programs
  • be able to discuss the impact of historical factors on the current situation in sport and physical education
  • be able to discuss the relationship between sports and other aspects of society, such as issues of gender, race/ethnicity and violence
  • be able to synthesise and write up academic research on sport from a sociocultural or historical perspective
  • be able to express ideas and communicate with others on selected sociocultural and historical topics in sport
  • be able to critically examine, at a foundational level, and reflect on the socio-cultural issues that affect inclusion and participation in sport and exercise


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Understanding the production of knowledge in sport and physical education;
  • Introduction of the disciplines of sociology, history and philosophy and how these relate to sport and physical education;
  • Historical factors influencing sport and physical education;
  • Sub-cultures of sport;
  • Sports and socialisation;
  • Gender and sport;
  • Violence and aggression in sport;
  • Race and ethnicity in sport;
  • Deviance in sport;
  • Sport and social class.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of EHR101 in Session 3 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Early subject content and engagement task
Comparative sport history essay
Activity collection workbook

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.