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Study Physical Education, Activity and Health at Otago

Social and physical bases of mauri ora or flourishing wellness.

Physical education with physical activity and health have been combined to provide students with a well-rounded understanding of the theory and practices of health, wellness and well-being for individuals, communities and populations, whatever their health status.

Physical education, activity and health captures the reasons why we should all be physically active, the physiology behind how physical activity works to influence health, and how to prescribe exercise.

It includes how we can encourage people to be more active, as well as coaching, teaching and instructing about the relevance of physical activity. We focus on the importance of communities, including Māori communities, as well as understanding how the environment relates to being active.

Physical education, activity and health will also appeal to those interested in teaching or coaching sport and exercise. It is designed to equip students with a strong background in the biophysical and socio-cultural sub-disciplines of human movement.

In addition, there is a strong emphasis on applied practice and theory.

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Why study Physical Education, Activity and Health?

Physical education and physical activity influences all areas of a person's health and wellbeing. Physical education, or how we learn, teach, coach and instruct, is critical for positive health and wellbeing.

You can learn how to prescribe exercise for healthy individuals and for sedentary populations. You will appreciate and learn how to utilise the strength of wider communities to promote physical activity. You will have the opportunity to engage in practical learning inside and outside of the classroom and exercise laboratories including our specially designed practicum paper.

The course offers a strong Māori physical education and health focus.

Career opportunities

Career opportunities include physical education teaching, working with Māori communities, physical activity and health promoters, green prescription, health and fitness professionals, sport coaching, prescribing exercise in healthy and sedentary populations, wellness facilitators, and leadership roles.

Background required

There are no specific Year 12 or 13 level subjects required for admission. However, biology is helpful and physical education is recommended.

Requirements

SPEX papers

Paper Code Year Title Points Teaching period
SPEX101 2024 Sport, Science and Society 18 Semester 1
SPEX102 2024 Principles of Exercise for Health and Performance 18 Semester 2
SPEX201 2024 Biomechanics 18 Semester 2
SPEX202 2024 Motor Behaviour 18 Semester 1
SPEX203 2024 Exercise Physiology 18 Semester 1
SPEX204 2024 Psychology of Sport and Exercise 18 Semester 2
SPEX205 2024 Physical Activity and Health 18 Semester 2
SPEX206 2024 Te Pū o te Ora Māori Physical Education and Health 18 Semester 2
SPEX207 2024 Understanding Sports Coaching 18 Semester 1
SPEX208 2024 Sociology of Sport and Exercise 18 Semester 2
SPEX209 2024 Sport Development and Management 18 Semester 1
SPEX301 2024 Performance Analysis 18 Semester 1
SPEX303 2024 Exercise Energetics and Physiology 18 Semester 2
SPEX304 2024 Sport Psychology 18 Semester 1
SPEX305 2024 Athletic Conditioning and Rehabilitation 18 Semester 1
SPEX306 2024 Te Pou o Te Koronga Advanced Māori Physical Education and Health 18 Semester 2
SPEX307 2024 Coaching, Leadership and Mentoring 18 Semester 2
SPEX308 2024 Psychology of Physical Activity 18 Semester 1
SPEX309 2024 Active Living and Environment 18 Semester 1
SPEX310 2024 Exercise for Clinical Populations 18 Semester 1
SPEX311 2024 Sports Technology 18 Semester 2
SPEX312 2024 Advanced Sociology of Sport 18 Semester 1
SPEX313 2024 Sport and Health Policy 18 Not offered in 2024
SPEX314 2024 Advanced Sport Management 18 Semester 2
SPEX315 2024 Sport Media 18 Semester 2
SPEX316 2024 Practicum 18 Semester 1, Semester 2, Full Year, 1st Non standard period
SPEX317 2024 Neural Control of Movement 18 Semester 2
SPEX380 2024 Special Topic 18 Not offered in 2024
SPEX401 2024 Research Methods in Sport, Exercise and Health 20 Semester 1
SPEX440 2024 Advanced Topics in Physical Education, Activity and Health 20 Semester 1
SPEX441 2024 Advanced Topics in Physical Education, Activity and Health 20 Semester 2
SPEX450 2024 Advanced Topics in Exercise and Sport Science 20 Semester 1
SPEX451 2024 Advanced Topics in Exercise and Sport Science 20 Semester 2
SPEX460 2024 Advanced Topics in Sport Development 20 Semester 1
SPEX461 2024 Advanced Topics in Sport Management and Policy 20 Semester 2
SPEX480 2024 Research Project 40 Full Year
SPEX481 2024 Independent Study 20 Semester 1, Semester 2
SPEX490 2024 Dissertation 60 Full Year
SPEX495 2024 Master's Thesis Preparation 40 Full Year, 1st Non standard period, 2nd Non standard period
SPEX516 2024 Practicum 30 Full Year, 1st Non standard period
SPEX517 2024 Practicum Report 30 Full Year, 1st Non standard period

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School of Physical Education Sport & Exercise Sciences

Tel +64 3 479 8991
Email physical-education@otago.ac.nz
Website otago.ac.nz/sopeses

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