EDUC 104G Sport in Society

EDUC 104G | Open | Summer School 2021 | City Campus | 15 points


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.

Note: because you can not take a General Education course in a subject that appears elsewhere in your degree, students in programmes that require them to take EDUCATION courses e.g. BA in Education, BEdTchg, BEd(TESOL) and BSportHPE, can not meet their General Education requirements using EDUC 104G. 

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

Student Feedback

'The engaging nature of the lectures and the tutorials were very helpful for my learning.'

'I liked how the lecturer was able to cover many topics and share her personal experiences with certain issues that came up. It made the topics very interesting. I also enjoyed the tutorials, I felt like they were a great place to improve my speaking ability and come up with arguments on the spot.'

'Lots of great examples and applying concepts to our own lives!'

'Having to pull from personal experiences was very helpful as this made me think.'

'I especially enjoyed the group discussions. They forced me to hold an opinion on the course work being taught in class rather than just sit there and mindlessly absorb.'   

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