EDUC 104G Sport in Society

EDUC 104G | Open Schedule | City Campus | 15 points

Please Note: The Semester 1, 2019 offering of this course has had to be cancelled due to staff injury as the result of an accident. The Faculty of Education and Social Work has endeavored to find a replacement lecturer but because of the specialised nature of the course this has not been possible. It is the faculty's intention to offer the course in Semester 2, 2019.

If you are currently enrolled in this course please use the online class search function to find an alternative General Education course. If you have any difficulties please contact your faculty student centre for assistance. 


This interdisciplinary course critically examines the socio-cultural, political and economic significance of sport within Aotearoa/New Zealand.

Sport serves as a major socialising agent for young New Zealanders. It has a symbiotic relationship with the media, shapes ‘our’ national identity, and has significant economic impact. Sport has, however, also been linked to various social costs and the entrenchment of various social divisions and inequities.

This course will draw from scholars in different faculties and departments to understand how sport is embedded in people's lives, constitutes identities and associated relations of power, and is closely connected to all major spheres of social life. This course, accordingly, uses sport as an exemplary site for examining the complex ways in which New Zealanders negotiate understandings of self, ethnicity, gender, sexualities, national identity, health, and lifestyle.

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this course will gain an understanding of this interdisciplinary field of study, including its knowledge and theoretical bases, associated methodologies and contemporary issues and debates.

Topics covered

  • The socio-cultural importance of sport
  • Sport and identities
  • Sport and social issues
  • Sport, politics and consumerism


Four assignments (20%)
Essay (30%)
Examination (50%)

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