EHR327 Indigenous Peoples: Sport, Identity and 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.


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

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: EHR327. 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.


This 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.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of EHR327 in Session 1 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 %
Indigenous sport history - workshop questions
Sport and community
Take home exam

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.