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Sport does more than merely reflect mainstream society and culture. It plays a significant and dynamic role in the production and reproduction of culture. Approached from a critical perspective this course examines sport in New Zealand with a focus on its unique bi-cultural nature and the social and cultural issues related to its practice and its significance in New Zealand. The progression towards successful integration of some aspects of Maori and NZ European cultures is a feature of New Zealand sport on the world stage but the interaction of culture and sport is complex and tied into larger social issues that that are often overlooked. This course examines a range of cultural and social issues in New Zealand sport with a focus on its bicultural nature and how this should inform coaching practice.
Students will:Form an informed awareness and understanding of the status of the Treaty of Waitangi in Aotearoa-New Zealand society and it’s connection to our sporting landscapeDevelop an understanding of the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi and their practical applications in contemporary Aotearoa-New ZealandForm an understanding and awareness of the influence of sport on Aotearoa-New Zealand culture and the influence of Aotearoa-New Zealand’s many cultures on contemporary sport coaching practicesDevelop considered and applicable bicultural and multicultural models for sport coaching in Aotearoa
Any 60 points at 100 level from any subject.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Theoretical lenses introduced/applied in class include:Critical theory:Coakley, J (2015) Assessing the sociology of sport: On cultural sensibilities and the great sport mythKnoppers, A. (2015) Assessing the sociology of sportCritical Race Theory (CRT):Hylton, K (2005) Race, sport and leisure lessons from critical race theoryHytlton, K (2009) Race and Sport: critical race theoryColoniality:Borell, P (2016) One Step Forward: Cultural Politics of New Zealand SportMignolo, W. (2009) Cosmopolitanism and the de-colonial option
Domestic fee $873.00
International fee $3,802.00
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
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School of Health Sciences