SDCOA201-22A (HAM)

Sport and Community Development: Identity, Culture and Society

15 Points

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Division of Health Engineering Computing & Science
Te Huataki Waiora - School of Health


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Paper Description

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In this paper students will develop critical understandings of how sport is used for the purposes of health, wellbeing and social development within local, national and international communities. Students will be introduced to more advanced key concepts and theories within sociology of sport and development studies, and will learn how to use these tools to better understand the potential and challenges of using sport for creating positive social change for various individuals, groups and communities in NZ and more internationally. Issues of power, identity, equity and diversity will be incorporated throughout the paper.
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Paper Structure

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All lectures are online and workshops will be face-to-face.

There will be also be ongoing support for all students throughout the semester. Students are strongly encouraged to engage with lecture materials and have done at least one of the weekly readings prior to attending online workshops.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

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    Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

    1. Understand and apply sociological concepts related to individual and community development;
    2. Understand and apply concepts related to identity, inclusion and exclusion;
    3. Apply the "sociological imagination," a critical stance, to a range of sport and physical activity practices and institutions;
    4. Recognise the ways in which power relations continue to structure community-based sports cultures and institutions, both in Aotearoa/New Zealand and more globally;
    5. Identify, individually and in groups, actions that individuals and communities may take to make experiences more equitable in formal and informal sport settings;
    6. Analyse, critically evaluate, and generate a range of theoretical and empirical explanations of how sports programs and organisations impact upon their communities, relating them to a variety of social and cultural contexts.
    7. Effectively demonstrate and communicate new knowledge about sport, community and development via written and group presentation formats.
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Assessment due dates and submission methods are on the Assessment Components table below. Please make note of these to ensure you hand in and complete assessments on time.


As per Te Huataki Waiora School of Health Guidelines:

Students are required to complete and submit all internal assessment by specified dates. The last date for accepting internal assessment (the deadline) is written in the paper outline. If a student cannot meet the deadline for a significant reason there are clear procedures that must be followed.

A student should make every effort to request an extension before the due date. Extensions to the submission deadline should be agreed to in writing by the paper’s lecturer.

Extensions will normally only be given in case of illness, family bereavement, or serious personal accidents or circumstances.

Applications for extensions should be made to the paper coordinator / convenor as specified in the paper outline.

Requests for extensions on medical grounds must be accompanied by a medical certificate.

Submission of assignments should wherever possible, be lodged through Moodle. The date and a recommended time of 11.30PMshould be specified to promote consistency.

Late submissions without a granted extension should receive a deduction of 3% per weekday from the total paper grade.

Late submissions will not be accepted one calendar week after the submission deadline.

No deadlines may be extended beyond two weeks.

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Test #1 - On Moodle 15% (Friday 1st April)
1 Apr 2022
No set time
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Test #2 - On Moodle 15 % (Friday 6th May)
6 May 2022
No set time
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Essay: Reviewing an international SDP organization 35% (Fri 20th May)
20 May 2022
5:00 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Group Presentation: SDP program 35% (Wednesday 8th June)
8 Jun 2022
11:00 AM
  • Presentation: In Class
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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Academic readings are available on Talis Aspire. Each week non-academic (media) sources will be posted on Moodle to expand students' understandings. Students are highly recommended to read at least one academic article from Talis Aspire and one non-academic source (on Moodle) prior to their weekly workshop.

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Online Support

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Moodle, email contact with lecturer (see details at the top of this outline).
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This class has a credit value of 15 points. This comprises roughly 36 hours in class (lectures & workshops), and a remaining ~120 hours of study to successfully obtain a passing grade for this course (a minimum of 150 hours total). The required 150 hours translate into each student's workload: 36 hrs face-to-face (lectures and workshops), 12 hours online tasks, and the remaining 102 hours should consist of time for reading, group work, discussion with classmates, revision, and assessment preparation.

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Prerequisites: A minimum of 60 points at 100 level




Restrictions: SPLS203

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