Leading Community Sport and Recreation

Leading Community Sport and Recreation

Examine the educational significance of sport and physical activity, and gain the knowledge and skills required to lead physical activity in your community.

For more information contact track coordinator: Ms Melanie Nash mjnash@unimelb.edu.au

Sports Coaching: Theory and Practice February intensive Sem 1 Sem 2 Level 1

Availability: February intensive, Semester 1, Semester 2
Contact hours: 36 hours
Level: 1

Paralympic athlete Milly Tapper standing with a sports coaching student
Meet Olympic and Para Olympic Athletes, such as Milly Tapper.

As an introduction to the practical and theoretical aspects of sport and exercise coaching, you will develop leadership, organisational, communication and analytical skills used in coaching and learn how to evaluate and improve your own coaching performance.

You will lead and participate in physical activity sessions, reflect on your own and other people's coaching practices, and create and present a session plan and a six-week training program.

At the end of the course you will achieve the Australian Sports Commissions Community Coaching General Principles certificate.

For more information see the Handbook.

Learning via Sport and Outdoor Education Sem 1 Sem 2 Level 2

Availability: Semester 1 and 2
Contact hours: 18 hours of workshops, plus field trips
Level: 2

Learning does not just happen in classrooms or lecture theatres. You will explore the close connections between learning and experience – particularly though two events: a fun run and a bushwalk.

By participating in these events and exploring theory in class, you will investigate how learning occurs as experience.

For more information see the Handbook.

students at Wilson's Prom
Students enjoy a trip to Wilson’s Promontory

Sport, Education and the Media Sem 1 Sem 2 Level 2

Availability: Semester 1 and 2
Contact hours: 1 hour lecture and 2 hour workshop per week
Level: 2

A group of students look at paintings inside the MCG
Students on a field trip to the MCG.

Examine young people’s connection with sport and physical education by considering the tension between sport’s traditional role as a form of moral and social education, and its emergence as a commodity.

You will learn what constitutes a sport, how we define it and how we determine what’s relevant to children’s sporting education. You will also analyse the many issues to do with race, socio-economic status, culture and gender in connection with sports in Australia and internationally.

This analysis is informed by an investigation of the growing role and responsibilities of the media in shaping sports, focusing on current events in sport and how these issues impact on teaching and learning.

For more information see the Handbook.

Sport, Leadership and the Community Sem 1 July intensive Level 3

Availability: July intensive, Semester 1
Contact hours: 36
Level: 3

Explore some of the key issues surrounding sport and its relevance to the school curriculum and broader society, including elitism in sport, equal opportunity, gambling, the increasing commodification of sport and its changing role.

You will have the opportunity to visit a range of community sporting facilities and hear from experts about what they are doing to address these issues and the leadership roles they have taken on.

Please note: while it is not a prerequisite, places are limited so preference will be given to those students applying who have completed sport, education and the media.

For more information see the Handbook.

Applying Coaching Science Sem 2 Level 3

Availability: Semester 2
Contact hours: 36
Level: 3

Explore the complex educational relationship between coach, athlete, coaching program and social context, and develop an open and reflective approach to your own coaching practice.

You will gain a deeper insight into the theory and practice of sports coaching, highlighting the decision-making, learning process and scientific concepts underpinning good coaching practice.

The subject is for students with proven coaching experience and a current association with a sporting club or school organisation.

Please note: Sports coaching: theory and practice or an equivalent qualification is a pre-requisite for this subject.

For more information see the Handbook.