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HL30435: Advanced issues in physical activity, health & the body

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2014/5
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department for Health
Further information on credits Credits: 12
Further information on unit levels Level: Honours (FHEQ level 6)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework (5000 words) (CW 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: Before taking this unit you must take HL20416
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
The aim of this unit is to develop understanding of the socially constructed concepts of health and physical activity within contemporary society. In applying socio/psychological theoretical knowledge to the practices of health and physical activity, students will critically engage with the discursive construction of the physically active body. Students engage with broader cultural artefacts such as art, literature, film, cyberculture to augment learning.

Learning Outcomes:
In the completion of the unit, students should be able to:
* evaluate critically the discursive constitution of healthy & fit bodies
* evaluate critically the discursive constitution of unhealthy, fat/obese bodies
* demonstrate an ability to critically appraise knowledge on the impact of commercialism on the image of the fit/fat body and health and fitness promotion
* understand how the human body, health care technologies and health care settings are variously conceptualized, represented and/or constituted
* be able to frame pertinent issues about the relationships among embodiment, technologies and settings through insights gained through collaborative, interdisciplinary scholarship
* take responsibility for planning and organising their own learning
* Critically evaluate knowledge and practice of related health and education professions.


* Analysis of research and reflection (F/A)
* Independent work (F)
* Qualitative research skills (F)
* Written communication (A)
* Oral presentation and communication (FA)
* Plan work, agree responsibilities and overcome difficulties in working with others (F)
* Problem exploration, comparison of options, justification of complex problem solving (F)
* Read and synthesis information from a variety of sources about a complex subject (F/A)
* Integrated, cross-disciplinary understanding of fitness (F/A)
* Ability to select and use appropriate ideas to produce a coherent response to a pre-set question (T/F/A).

Students will study:
* Moral Panic and contemporary Health problems
* Introduction to perspectives on health: Critical engagement with the discursive constitution of the (un)fit, (un)health body
* Moral Panic and Health
* Biopedagogies: Health, the body and Schooling.
* Public pedagogies and mediatised health
* Disordered and (dis)abled bodies
* Future bodies
* Alternative approaches to health and physical activity knowledge and professional practice
* Merchandizing Bodies and Organs: Consumerism, Globalization and Bio-Politics.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

HL30435 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department for Health
  • UHHL-AKB10 : BA(Hons) Coach Education & Sports Development with Professional Placement (Year 4)
  • UHHL-AFB11 : BA(Hons) Sport & Social Sciences (Year 3)
  • UHHL-AKB11 : BA(Hons) Sport & Social Sciences with Professional Placement (Year 4)

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2014/15 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2015/16 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2014/15.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.