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SPEX204 Psychology of Sport and Exercise

2021 information for papers will be published in early September. 

An introduction to the influence of social psychological variables on participation and performance in sport and exercise and the influence of that participation on the psychological characteristics of participants.

Paper title Psychology of Sport and Exercise
Paper code SPEX204
Subject Sport, Physical Education and Exercise
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,080.30
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,061.45

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72 points
PHSE 205
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Science

Professor Ken Hodge (

Teaching staff

Course Co-ordinator and Lecturer: Professor Ken Hodge

Paper Structure

This paper covers six modules/topics:

  • Introduction to the psychology of sport
  • Understanding participants in sport
  • Understanding sport environments
  • Understanding group and team processes
  • Enhancing performance; mental skills training
  • Facilitating psychological growth and development

Required text: Weinberg, R. & Gould, D. (2015). Foundations of Sport and Exercise Psychology (6th Edition). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics. (or 5th Edition, 2011).

Recommended text: Hodge, K.P. (2004/2010). Sport Motivation: Training Your Mind for Peak Performance (2nd Edition). Auckland, NZ: Raupo.

Reserve readings will be available through course reserve in the library.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
  • Understand how social psychological variables influence participation and performance in sport settings
  • Understand how participation in sport influences the psychological development of the individual player/participant
  • Acquire practical skills and knowledge about sport psychology that you can apply as a teacher, coach, fitness instructor or sports person

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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 09:00-09:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 09:00-09:50 28-34, 36-41
Friday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41