Unit description

Provides a foundation for understanding the socio-cultural domain that underlies the sport of surfing. In doing so, it serves as an introduction to the historical, philosophical and sociological basis of surfing and examines surfing from a variety of cultural contexts. This will enable students to practice the professional management of surfing within a diversity of groups.

Unit content

Topic 1: Introduction
Topic 2: Origins of surfing
Topic 3: Foundations of a beach culture
Topic 4: Hawaiian surfing revival
Topic 5: Two worlds (USA and Australia 1920-1950)
Topic 6: Surfing in post-war USA
Topic 7: Conflict on the beaches and evolving style in the 1960s
Topic 8: Counter culture and soul surfing
Topic 9: Women in surfing
Topic 10: Professional surfing
Topic 11: Surfing commerce

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Teaching and assessment


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Fee information


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