SPCO208-23S2 (D) Semester Two 2023 (Distance)

Sport and Culture in Aotearoa/New Zealand

15 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


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.

Learning Outcomes

  • 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 landscape
  • Develop an understanding of the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi and their practical applications in contemporary Aotearoa-New Zealand
  • Form 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 practices
  • Develop considered and applicable bicultural and multicultural models for sport coaching in Aotearoa


Any 60 points at 100 level from any subject.

Course Coordinator

Phillip Borell


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Fortnightly forum 20%
Bicultural coaching model 40% This includes a 2000 word essay, plus a bicultural model/framework with a 500 word explanation.
Reflexivity exercise 40% Students provide a 800-1000 word reflection of their own personal sporting experience followed by a 1000-1200 word critical analysis of their experiences and sport more generally drawing from course themes.

Textbooks / Resources

Theoretical lenses introduced/applied in class include:

Critical theory:
Coakley, J (2015) Assessing the sociology of sport: On cultural sensibilities and the great sport myth
Knoppers, A. (2015) Assessing the sociology of sport

Critical Race Theory (CRT):
Hylton, K (2005) Race, sport and leisure lessons from critical race theory
Hytlton, K (2009) Race and Sport: critical race theory

Borell, P (2016) One Step Forward: Cultural Politics of New Zealand Sport
Mignolo, W. (2009) Cosmopolitanism and the de-colonial option

Indicative Fees

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.

For further information see School of Health Sciences .

All SPCO208 Occurrences

  • SPCO208-23S2 (C) Semester Two 2023
  • SPCO208-23S2 (D) Semester Two 2023 (Distance)