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Sport Development and Coaching

The Sport Development and Coaching major is based on an innovative combination of pedagogical and sociological studies of sport and active recreation.

Students in this major will have the opportunity to develop skills and understandings that will support them to enhance sport, recreation, and physical activities for diverse groups and individuals in the community. The transferable knowledge and skills developed through this major will ensure graduates have the capability to lead across any sector that involves people moving.

Students will benefit from the industry partnerships that we have, both locally and nationally, with organisations such as: Sport New Zealand, The International Olympic Committee, Sport Waikato, the Avantidrome, The Waikato Institute of Sport and Leisure Studies, Brian Perry Charitable Trust, The Lowie Foundation, and sports clubs/franchises in the greater Waikato and Bay of Plenty region. A Sport Development and Coaching major prepares you for a range of possible careers, which involve policy leadership, sport governance, teaching, coaching, leading, organising, facilitating or managing sport and active recreation.

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Key information

Study Sport Development and Coaching in these qualifications

Sport Development and Coaching as a specialisation of

100 level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
CMYHE101Understanding Hauora, Health and Wellbeing18A (Hamilton) & 18A (Online)
This paper examines a social determinants approach to Health. It includes exploration of a range of interactions that influence the health of populations and determinants of health in New Zealand and global contexts.
DANCE101Dance, Movement and Culture18B (Hamilton)
This paper provides practical experience with different forms of dance, an introduction to choreography, and a critical examination of how dance is influenced by societal and cultural issues.
HMDEV100Lifespan Development18A (Hamilton), 18B (Online) & 18B (Tauranga)
HMDEV100 focuses on understanding and enhancing human development through an exploration of biological, psychological, social and cultural factors that influence patterns of development and learning over the lifespan.
HPSCI101Introduction to Human Performance Science18A (Hamilton)
This paper will include an overview of the three different cornerstones of the Human Performance Science major. These cornerstones include; Performance Monitoring and Exercise Prescription, Performance Physiology and Performance Psychology.
HSHUP102The Fundamentals of Coaching and Instruction18A (Hamilton) & 18B (Hamilton)
This paper develops an introductory working knowledge of coaching and instructing including communication and management strategies, and how to create environments that support the diverse learning needs of individuals and groups.
MAORI150Te Tiriti o Waitangi: An Introduction to the Treaty of Waitangi18A (Tauranga) & 18B (Hamilton)
This paper seeks to provide a sound understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi. It reviews historical and contemporary interpretations and takes into account the interplay of contextual issues of the time.
SDCOA101Sport, Culture and Development: Trends and Issues18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Online)
In this paper students will gain an introduction to sociological understandings of sport and movement cultures. They will develop new ways of critically thinking about the important role sport plays in contemporary society, including the economy, politics, tourism, the media, and our sense of identity, belonging and community. Stud...

200 level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
HSHUP201Psychology of Health, Sport and Human Performance18A (Hamilton) & 18A (Online)
This paper addresses key psychological aspects of health, sport and human performance. Select psychological concepts are covered to develop knowledge, understanding and skills important to a broad range of career and leadership pathways within and beyond sport, health and exercise. Topics will include confidence and motivation, go...
MAORI204Maori and Indigenous Health and Wellbeing18A (Hamilton)
This paper looks at health and wellbeing from Maori and Indigenous perspectives, including models and frameworks in relation to Health, Sport, Human Performance and Indigenous communities.
SDCOA201Sport and Community Development: Identity, Culture and Society18A (Hamilton)
In this paper students will develop critical understandings of how sport is used for the purposes of health, wellbeing and social development within local, national and international communities. Students will be introduced to more advanced key concepts and theories within sociology of sport and development studies, adding in conce...
SDCOA202Negotiating Sport Development and Coaching Contexts18B (Hamilton)
Sport development and coaching occurs in complex and dynamic interpersonal, physical and organisational environments. This paper introduces and develops knowledge and skills to negotiate effective partnerships for learning in the coaching and instructing nexus.
SDCOA203Coaching for Learning18A (Hamilton)
This paper advances practices integral to learner/athlete centred coaching, facilitation and instruction in an array of sport and recreation settings.

300 level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
HSHUP301Industry and Community Engagement in Health, Sport and Human Performance 1This paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
HSHUP302Industry and Community Engagement in Health, Sport and Human Performance 2This paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
SDCOA301Contemporary Issues in Sport Development in Local and Global Contexts18A (Hamilton) & 18A (Online)
In this paper students will develop critical understandings of how sport is used for the purposes of health, wellbeing and social development within local, national and international communities. Students will interrogate through a social justice lens, contemporary issues in these communities and the key themes running through thes...
SDCOA302Sport for Social Justice: Leading Sport for a Better World18A (Hamilton) & 18B (Hamilton)
In this paper students will develop critical understandings and skill sets to engage with critical issues of social justice as it aligns with sporting practices. From global and local, transnational and national examples, students will learn about these issues of social justice, and some of the strategies sportspeople, coaches, NGO...
SDCOA303Sport, Media and Communication18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Online)
This paper expands students’ critical sociocultural understanding of the media. Students will develop knowledge of the production and consumption of various forms of media (including social media), and have the opportunity to develop skills in critical media analysis and production.
SDCOA304Analysing Coaching for Learning18A (Hamilton)
This paper critically examines the instructional strategies and practices adopted to promote effective instruction in selected settings. A range of technologies to support the analysis and reflection process are utilised. Students will have the opportunity to apply these in a broad range of coaching and instructional settings.

Nick Robertson I enjoyed studying Economics at high school, so after taking ECON100, Business Economics and the New Zealand Economy, I was certain this was what I wanted to major in. It gave me the confidence and skills to deal with large amounts of data and to deliver insights through the analysis of numbers.

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Students who major in Sport Development and Coaching as part of the Bachelor of Health, Sport and Human Performance often pursue further study at masters or doctorate level to enhance their understanding of a specialised area within the sport and leisure industry. Our researchers have strong links with the industry and other researchers nationally and internationally.


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