HIST2017 The History of Sport

6 points
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 option in the History major sequence
Sport provides a sense of belonging, gives meaning to people's lives, and helps to define how we see ourselves and others. It has shaped the world we live in today - being widely used as a forum for establishing and challenging social, racial and gendered power structures. This unit examines the changing relationship between sport, economy and society in a global context between 1850 and 2020. It looks at how sport contributes to understandings of, and is shaped by, issues such as national identity, protest, race, gender, celebrity, violence, globalization and the media. Specific case studies include: the rise, purpose and impact of sport in Victorian Britain and its Empire; how sport has been used by both fascists and civil rights campaigners to further their causes; masculinity and football hooliganism in post-war Europe; sport and Australian national identity; women, sexism and sport; Brand ‘Beckham' and the commercialization of sport; and sport in a modern and post-modern world. Students will come away with an understanding of different analytical frameworks used in the history of sport and an understanding of the historical context within which to appreciate the changing nature and evolution of sport.
Students are able to (1) show a broad understanding of key concepts, theories, arguments and developments in sports history;
; (2) demonstrate an ability to critically assess key concepts, theories, arguments and developments in sports history;
; (3) acquire the bibliographical and research skills necessary to find appropriate sources and produce a viable research proposal in order to undertake a major essay;
; (4) analyse appropriate sources for a research essay including textual, visual and primary source materials;
; (5) apply the knowledge and skills gained to present arguments in both written and oral form using the conventions of the historical discipline;
; and (6) work collaboratively with fellow students on the historical roots of a contemporary problem in sport.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) workshop participation; (2) research essay; and (3) critical exercise. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor David Barrie
Unit rules
a level 1 history unit
GEND1901 Gender in Australia
Contact hours
Online Lectures: 30 mins per week x 10 weeks
Workshops: 2 hours per week x 10 weeks
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.