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PHSE101 Sociocultural Foundations of Physical Education

An introduction to the social scientific study of physical education and human movement, contextualised with reference to sports coaching, sport management, outdoor education, dance, and leisure activities.

Graduates of the School of Physical Education gain employment and perform voluntary work in a variety of areas, many of which involve working with people.
PHSE 101 will assist you to develop an awareness of how the theories associated with the social science disciplines can be used to analyse practices in, and perspectives of, physical education, sport and exercise. Further, you will gain skills and resources that will enable you to critically reflect upon practices and perspectives that you may have previously considered 'natural'.
In PHSE 101 you will be introduced to a range of 'theories of practice' and links will be made between these and your own 'practice theories'. These links will be illustrated by making reference to sports coaching, sport management, outdoor education, dance and leisure activities.

Paper title Sociocultural Foundations of Physical Education
Paper code PHSE101
Subject Physical Education
EFTS 0.1400
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $839.86
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,368.00

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Suitable for any student interested in the socio-cultural aspects of physical education, sport and exercise sciences.
Teaching staff
Course Co-ordinator and Lecturer: Associate Professor Tania Cassidy and Professor Doug Booth
Paper Structure
The paper covers five areas:
  • Introduction to socio-cultural foundations
  • Pedagogical strategies
  • Learning
  • Development
  • Becoming a reflective practitioner
Teaching Arrangements
Lectures only.
Cassidy, T., Jones, R., & Potrac, P. (2016) Understanding Sports Coaching. The pedagogical social and cultural and pedagogical foundations of coaching practice. 2nd edition, London: Routledge.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Critical thinking, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the paper you will be able to:
  • Critically analyse professional practice by drawing upon theories and literature associated with the disciplines that inform the socio-cultural interpretations of physical education, sport and exercise
  • Discuss the social implications of your knowledge and practices
  • Collect and analyse data from primary and secondary sources
  • Demonstrate your ability to communicate effectively through good scientific writing

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First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Wednesday 15:00-15:50 9-13, 15-16, 18-22
Thursday 11:00-11:50 9-13, 15-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
T1 Friday 10:00-10:50 9-12, 15-22