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SPEX101 Sport, Science and Society

A critical overview of the nature and influence of sport in society, exploring how sport intersects with the fields of science, health, education, politics and the economy.

SPEX 101 Sport, Science and Society examines the cultural, psychological, political and economic impacts of sport on society. In particular, the paper will explore sport as a social practice and institution that impacts on health, educational achievement, diversity, national identity and the economy. Such impacts are far reaching, influencing how society views the human body, human behaviour, social and cultural identities, social structures and institutions, and state politics and policy. Key questions explored include: How has science influenced the nature of sport? Does sport build character? How does the media represent female athletes? Why do some people believe some racial/ethnic groups have a genetic advantage in sport? Why do governments invest in elite sport, and how do they measure success? In light of corruption should the Olympics be dismantled?

Paper title Sport, Science and Society
Paper code SPEX101
Subject Sport, Physical Education and Exercise
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $917.85
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,820.40

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Restriction
PHSE 101
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Commerce, Science
Eligibility

Suitable for undergraduate students.

Contact

steve.jackson@otago.ac.nz

Teaching staff

Professor Steve Jackson

Paper Structure

The paper covers the following areas:

  • Conceptualising Sport
  • Agents and Institutions of Sport
  • Sport, Exercise and Health 
  • Sport and Social Identity
  • Global Sport

Assessment:

  • Internal assessment: 50%
  • Final 2-hour examination: 50%
Teaching Arrangements

3 x 1-hour lectures per week.

Textbooks

A reading list will be provided with most readings available via Blackboard or electronically through the Central Library.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Research, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate knowledge of sport as a multidisciplinary field of analysis.
  2. Demonstrate understanding of the scientific, cultural, social, economic and political significance of sport in New Zealand and globally.
  3. Demonstrate understanding of how the science, practice and meaning of sport is contested within and across different disciplines and within and across different cultural, social and political groups.
  4. Apply a range of concepts to the critical analysis of sport.
  5. Describe the key agents and institutions of the sport sector and how they influence both policy and everyday practices for citizens.
  6. Recognise and explain the ethical dimensions of decision making in contemporary sport practice.
  7. Demonstrate understanding and ability to apply basic academic skills, including: use of library and website search engines, structuring an essay, citation and referencing.

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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Tuesday 10:00-10:50 9-16, 18-22
Thursday 10:00-10:50 9-16, 18-22
Friday 10:00-10:50 9-15, 18-22

A critical overview of the nature and influence of sport in society, exploring how sport intersects with the fields of science, health, education, politics and the economy.

SPEX 101 Sport, Science and Society examines the cultural, psychological, political and economic impacts of sport on society. In particular, the paper will explore sport as a social practice and institution that impacts on health, educational achievement, diversity, national identity and the economy. Such impacts are far reaching, influencing how society views the human body, human behaviour, social and cultural identities, social structures and institutions, and state politics and policy. Key questions explored include: How has science influenced the nature of sport? Does sport build character? How does the media represent female athletes? Why do some people believe some racial/ethnic groups have a genetic advantage in sport? Why do governments invest in elite sport, and how do they measure success? In light of corruption should the Olympics be dismantled?

Paper title Sport, Science and Society
Paper code SPEX101
Subject Sport, Physical Education and Exercise
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2020 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Restriction
PHSE 101
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Commerce, Science
Eligibility

Suitable for undergraduate students.

Contact

steve.jackson@otago.ac.nz

Teaching staff

Professor Steve Jackson

Paper Structure

The paper covers the following areas:

  • Conceptualising Sport
  • Agents and Institutions of Sport
  • Sport, Exercise and Health 
  • Sport and Social Identity
  • Global Sport

Assessment:

  • Internal assessment: 50%
  • Final 2-hour examination: 50%
Teaching Arrangements

3 x 1-hour lectures per week.

Textbooks

A reading list will be provided with most readings available via Blackboard or electronically through the Central Library.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Research, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate knowledge of sport as a multidisciplinary field of analysis.
  2. Demonstrate understanding of the scientific, cultural, social, economic and political significance of sport in New Zealand and globally.
  3. Demonstrate understanding of how the science, practice and meaning of sport is contested within and across different disciplines and within and across different cultural, social and political groups.
  4. Apply a range of concepts to the critical analysis of sport.
  5. Describe the key agents and institutions of the sport sector and how they influence both policy and everyday practices for citizens.
  6. Recognise and explain the ethical dimensions of decision making in contemporary sport practice.
  7. Demonstrate understanding and ability to apply basic academic skills, including: use of library and website search engines, structuring an essay, citation and referencing.

^ Top of page

Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Tuesday 10:00-10:50 9-15, 17-22
Thursday 10:00-10:50 9-15, 17-22
Friday 10:00-10:50 9-14, 17-22