SSCI405-23S2 (C) Semester Two 2023

Special Topic: Psychology of Sport and Exercise

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 July 2023
End Date: Sunday, 12 November 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 30 July 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 1 October 2023


This course addresses contemporary understanding of the intersection between psychology, sport, exercise and science. Psychological aspects of sport performance and exercise behaviour will be examined, and the relationship between sport/exercise and human wellbeing evaluated. Key theoretical, methodological, and applied issues relevant to understanding and enhancing performance, participation, and wellbeing in sport and exercise settings will be critically evaluated.

Learning Outcomes

1. Appraise contemporary research in the psychology of sport and exercise.
2. Critically evaluate psychological theories and methods in terms of explaining and enhancing sport and exercise behaviour.
3. Evaluate scientific, social, and ethical issues in sport and exercise psychology.
4. Effectively communicate analyses of issues in sport and exercise psychology.


Subject to approval of the Head of School

Timetable 2023

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 09:00 - 12:00 Jack Erskine 240
17 Jul - 27 Aug
11 Sep - 22 Oct

Course Coordinator

Brad Miles


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Critical Discussion and Reflection 11 Sep 2023 30% A series of critical evaluations of topics from the first half of the course. Learning outcomes 1-4.
Presentation 20% An in-class presentation on a selected topic in sport/exercise psychology. Learning outcomes 1-4.
Review Assignment 27 Oct 2023 50% A written assignment critically reviewing a selected topic in sport/exercise psychology. Learning outcomes 1-4.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $2,227.00

* 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.

Minimum enrolments

This course will not be offered if fewer than 9 people apply to enrol.

For further information see School of Health Sciences .

All SSCI405 Occurrences

  • SSCI405-23S2 (C) Semester Two 2023