SSEH2270 Psychosocial Aspects of Sport, Exercise and Health

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 core unit in the Exercise and Health; Sport Science, Exercise and Health major sequences
  • Level 2 elective
This unit emphasises the psychological and social correlates of involvement in physical activity, sport, and other health behaviour. Topics include communication in sport and exercise, self-presentation, exercise and well-being, health-related persuasion, aggression, spectator psychology, and exercise motivation.
Students are able to (1) learn about the effects of competitive and cooperative environments; (2) identify the factors associated with group identification and aggression; (3) understand the influence of group dynamics on performance; (4) learn about key predictors of exercise behaviour and adherence; (5) appreciate that health behaviour can be governed by non-conscious processes; (6) understand the influence of sport and exercise on psychological health; (7) understand the factors that influence relationship functioning in sport and exercise settings; (8) acquire skills in the collection and interpretation of research data; (9) develop presentation and communication skills; and (10) appreciate different persuasion techniques to encourage health behaviour.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) examinations; (2) tutorial presentation; and (3) tutorial participation and attendance. 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)
Dr Ben Jackson
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: average 1 hour per week; practicum (dance): 1 hour per week.
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