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SPEX313 Sport and Health Policy

An examination of policy formulation and implementation at international, national and municipal levels. Analyses social and economic policies relating to sport, physical activity and health.

This paper examines the institutional, ideological and managerial dimensions of public policy with respect to sport and physical activity. It considers the principal issues facing the sector (e.g. physical inactivity, declining participation, doping, match-fixing) as well as the viability of remedies and policy instruments used to address these problems.

Paper title Sport and Health Policy
Paper code SPEX313
Subject Sport, Physical Education and Exercise
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $988.95
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PHSE 339 or SPEX 209
PHSE 422
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Commerce, Science

Suitable for students interested in sport management, policy and public administration.


Teaching staff

Course Co-ordinator: Associate Professor Mike Sam


No textbooks required.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes

The objectives of the paper are that class members enhance:

  • Their understanding of the determinants and contingencies underpinning policy-making (interdisciplinary perspective, scholarship)
  • Their knowledge of the various theoretical models and approaches that directly or indirectly inform public policy-making (research)
  • Their capacity to undertake policy analyses as a critical function of governance, management and administration (critical thinking, research, communication)
  • Their appreciation of sport policy systems at home and abroad, including their differing effects and tradeoffs (global perspective)

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Wednesday 14:00-16:50 28-34, 36-41