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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 Locations:Hamilton, Tauranga
Papers offered differ by location. The Catalogue of Papers has full location info.
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Study in Tauranga

From 2020, a selection of papers in Sport Development and Coaching are available in Tauranga. These are outlined in the Catalogue of Papers.

100 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
DANCE101Dance, Movement and Culture15.024B (Hamilton)
This paper integrates dance practice and theory, providing practical experience of different dances of Aotearoa, the Pacific region and beyond. Embodied learning in dance is integrated with critical examination of how dance is influenced by social and cultural issues, and an introduction to choreographic processes.
HMDEV100Lifespan Development15.024A (Hamilton), 24B (Online) & 24B (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.
MAORI102He Hīnatore ki te Ao Māori: Introducing the Māori World15.024A (Hamilton), 24B (Hamilton) & 24G (Online)
An introduction to the Maori world view, social organisation, cultural concepts, including Maori astronomy, and their relevance in a contemporary society.
MAORI150Te Tiriti o Waitangi: An Introduction to the Treaty of Waitangi15.024A (Hamilton), 24B (Hamilton), 24I (Hamilton) & 24X (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 Issues15.024B (Hamilton), 24B (Online) & 24B (Tauranga)
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...
SDCOA102The Coaching Process15.024A (Hamilton) & 24A (Tauranga)
Understanding the coaching process is fundamental to supporting the development of athletes across participation, development, and high-performance contexts. The purpose of this paper is to introduce students to the study of sport coaching, providing students with the knowledge and skills required to design and deliver high quality...

200 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
HPSCI206Psychology of Health, Sport and Human Performance15.024B (Hamilton), 24B (Online) & 24B (Tauranga)
This paper addresses key psychological aspects of 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 and exercise. Topics will include confidence and motivation, goal setting, resil...
SDCOA201Sport and Community Development: Identity, Culture and Society15.024A (Hamilton) & 24A (Tauranga)
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 Contexts15.024A (Tauranga), 24B (Hamilton) & 24B (Online)
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.
SDCOA203Athlete-centred Coaching15.024B (Hamilton) & 24B (Tauranga)
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 Points Occurrence / Location
SDCOA301Contemporary Issues in Sport Development in Local and Global Contexts15.024A (Hamilton) & 24A (Tauranga)
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...
SDCOA303Sport, Media and Communication15.024A (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.
SDCOA304Advances in Coaching Practice15.024B (Hamilton) & 24B (Tauranga)
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.
SDCOA305Understanding Healthy Bodies15.024B (Hamilton) & 24B (Tauranga)
This paper develops a sociocultural understanding of the body.
SDCOA306Psychomotor Learning and Performance15.024B (Hamilton)
This paper provides a broad research informed overview to themes associated with perceptual and psychological factors that influence how people learn and perform movement skills.

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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 master's 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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