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Courses - Faculty of Education And Social Work

Sport, Health and Physical Education

Stage I

15 Points

Sociocultural Foundations

Explores the sociological, historical, psychological and philosophical foundations of health, sport and movement cultures. Examines how health and human movement are culturally and socially conceptualised with regard to contemporary concerns and trends. Includes studies of different cultural (Pākehā, Māori, Pacific, Asian) concepts of, and engagement with, health, sport and physical culture.

Restriction: EDCURRIC 135, EDUC 142

15 Points

Learning and Pedagogy

An introduction to how humans learn and how such learning is applied within the fields of health, physical education, and sport. Examines the way humans develop and apply knowledge, skills, and dispositions and their implications for pedagogical practices in health, physical education, and sport contexts.

15 Points

Biophysical Foundations

Introduces students to the anatomical, physiological and biomechanical foundations of human movement. Examines the functions of the musculo-skeletal system, the circulo-respiratory system and the nervous system, during rest and activity. Studies the biomechanical principles required to improve mechanical efficiency in human movement.

Restriction: EDCURRIC 133

15 Points

Biophysical Foundations of Human Movement

Introduces students to the biophysical foundations of human movement. Examines the role of the neuro-muscular and musculo-skeletal systems in movement. Examines knowledge of internal and external mechanics and how this is applied to understand human movement.

Stage II

15 Points


Examines Māori approaches to embodiment, forms of physicality and movement valuable for educational and health settings in Aotearoa New Zealand. Students will gain knowledge through engaging in forms of Māori physical culture in a range of contexts.

Prerequisite: EDUCSW 101 or EDPROFM 100

15 Points

Skill Learning

Develops knowledge and understanding of skill learning, teaching and coaching in human movement. Examines concepts of skill and theories of learning, including: psychological theories underpinning physical competency, child and youth development, motivation, inclusion and success. Develops an understanding of learner-centred, inquiry-based practice, and the development of pedagogical practices.

Prerequisite: SPORTHPE 102

Restriction: EDCURRIC 200

15 Points

Physiology, Exercise, Fitness

Develops knowledge and understanding of exercise physiology. Examines physiological responses during and as a result of exercise. Examines the nature and purpose of deliberate exercise and fitness programmes. Explores the pedagogy of teaching exercise and fitness.

Prerequisite: SPORTHPE 103

Restriction: EDCURRIC 200, 334

Stage III

15 Points

School Health and Physical Education

Examines health education and physical education in primary and secondary school contexts. Develops knowledge of pedagogy, curriculum, and programming. Critically examines how contemporary issues in the fields of health, sport and physical education impact schools.

15 Points

Health, Fitness and Culture

Critically examines the nature of incidental and deliberate exercise, lifestyle choices, and concepts of health. Critiques the veracity of evidence linking physical activity and health. Critically explores contemporary health issues associated with sedentary lifestyles, and the impact of twenty-first century lifestyle changes including globalisation and digitalisation. Examines how education can contribute to the diverse exercise and health needs of society.

Prerequisite: SPORTHPE 203

Restriction: EDCURRIC 334