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MMS201 - Sport in Society


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2, 2020 will be online.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
Previously coded as:MMS101
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Jonathan Robertson
Cohort rule:

Normally available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Business (Sport Management), the Bachelor of Arts, the Dean's Scholars Program and the Bachelor of Sport Development only.



Incompatible with: MMS101
Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

Burwood: 1 x 1.5 hour class, 1 x 1.5 hour seminar per week

Waterfront: 1 x 1.5 hour recorded class, 1 x 1.5 hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

1 x 1.5 hour class (recordings provided) per week plus 1 x 1.5 hour online workshop per week


The unit explores social sciences and their application to sport studies. Methodologies of history and sociology will be considered and applied to prominent issues in Australian and international sport. The social significance of sport in Australian culture and the need for sport managers to be sensitive to that significance are examined.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this Unit
At the completion of this Unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes 


Develop critical and reflective thinking skills in the analysis of organised sport and physical activity in a variety of cultural contexts, appreciating the causes and impact of some of the dysfunctional aspects of sport. GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Identify and acquire an understanding of the major issues behind the history and sociology of sports performance and participation, incorporating an understanding of the contemporary global forces and influences on Australian sport. GLO4: Critical thinking


Critically examine key issues and problems in Australian and international sport, considering the implications of such an examination for the modern day sport manager and administrator.

GLO8: Global citizenship

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week 
Assessment 1:Written Assignment 4000 words 40% Week 8
Examination 2 hours 60% Exam period

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: MMS201 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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