Study Human Movement in Australia
Sport in a Sporting Nation
Professor Kevin Norton University of South Australia
In Australia there are about 26 universities that offer flexible degree programs that suit special interests, such as sports coaching, administration, sociology, physiology and physical education. The programs vary in duration, with the basic degree usually running for three years. Combination degrees are also becoming very popular, so that graduate-entry 'add-ons' are appearing for specialist qualifications in teaching, physiotherapy, medicine and rehabilitation. The initial degree is in human movement, with specialist training then continuing into the graduate pro- gram. Many institutions will specify the focus of their pro&rams, so it is important to do some homework. Several places also offer study majors in outdoor education, often combined with health and physical education teaching qualifications. Human movement courses beg n with foundation studies in basic human bio- sciences and social sciences. It is not uncommon for these classes to be run in combination with other health sciences students, for example, in nursing, physiotherapy and pharmacy. A series of core subjects make. up an essential part of the degree; then the student is free to pick and choose the best combination of subjects they want to complete the degree requirements, and that suit their vocational interests. Out of the most popular elective study pathways taken among international students is in outdoor education, which presents a great opportunity to study and see many natural wonders. Subjects taken in outdoor education often require field trips where nature, survival skills and environmental management are studied. In this way, students have portable qualifications that open up opportunities for employment both locally and internationally. This is also the structure adopted for other areas of study in human movement degrees, with many programs including internationally recognised and accredited components of their courses and subjects. The good part about these qualifications is that they are almost always 'built-in' to the basic degree structure. In this way, both the degree and certificate requirements are satisfied concurrently, with the structure also forming a series of small quality control checks along the way. These are important and transportable qualifications, which, in addition to, the degree itself, offer possibilities for part-time employment as you study and for future involvement in longer- term employment.
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