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27732 Sport Organisations

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UTS: Business: Management
Credit points: 6 cp

Subject level:

Postgraduate

Result type: Grade and marks

There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.

Description

This subject explores the nature of sport organisations, their relationships with partners and stakeholders, and their responsibilities to members. It evaluates how public policy impacts upon sport organisations, both at national and state levels. The subject also examines the wider social utility of sport, such as its role in the community, as an agent for social improvement, and as a means for intercultural understanding.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:
1. explain the theoretical underpinnings of sport organisation practices
2. evaluate the nature and role of sport organisations as both product and service provider
3. identify the influence of public policy debates on the organisation of sport in theory and practice
4. discuss the role of sport in both high performance and community settings

Contribution to the development of graduate attributes

This subject explores the nature of sport organisations, their relationships with partners and stakeholders, and their responsibilities to members. It evaluates how public policy impacts upon sport organisations, both at national and state levels. The subject also examines the wider social utility of sport, such as its role in the community, as an agent for social improvement, and as a means for intercultural understanding.

This subject contributes to the development of the following graduate attributes:

  • Critical thinking, creativity and analytical skills
  • Attitudes and values

This subject also contributes specifically to develop the following Program Learning Objectives for the Master of Sport Management:

  • 2.1: Use relevant information and data to critically analyse complex issues in sport management practice
  • 2.2: Formulate creative and innovative solutions to complex sport management issues
  • 4.2: Critically evaluate and apply sustainability principles to decisions in business contexts

Teaching and learning strategies

The lectures and tutorials include a range of interactive and collaborative learning activities. Key concepts are taught using individual and group exercises, scenario-based problem solving, and case studies. Some lectures will be conducted by guest speakers representing different sectors of the sport industry. Content for this subject will be supported by UTSOnline, where readings, videos and exchange forums are provided. Students are expected to read, reflect on and critique the weekly materials including research articles, case studies, and associated practical and academic sources in preparation for the lectures and tutorials. In-class sessions will build on these sources and lead into collaborative problem-based workshop sessions with design thinking elements. These workshop sessions are problem-based and will combine pre-class activities with active learning experiences that go beyond the prescribed group activities that form the official assessment. For example, a workshop on sport policy could have groups prepare for and actively engage in a mock-debate around funding allocations for elite and community sport organisations and their programs. In-class feedback on group activities and prescribed pre-work will be provided on a weekly basis.

Content (topics)

  • Government policy and sport organisations
  • Governance issues in sport organisations
  • Stakeholders and partnerships in sport
  • Leadership and strategy in sport organisations
  • Human resources in sport organisations
  • Sport organisations and social capital
  • Sport as a community development tool
  • Diversity management in sport organisations

Assessment

Assessment task 1: Integrative Reflection (Individual)

Intent:

This assignment contributes to the following graduate attributes:

  • critical thinking and analytical skills
  • attitudes and values
Objective(s):

This addresses subject learning objective(s):

3

Weight: 30%

Assessment task 2: Investigative Report (Group)

Intent:

This contributes to the following graduate attribute:

  • critical thinking and analytical skills
Objective(s):

This addresses subject learning objective(s):

1, 2, 3 and 4

Weight: 30%

Assessment task 3: Final Examination (Individual)

Intent:

This contributes to the following graduate attributes:

  • critical thinking and analytical skills
  • attitudes and values
Objective(s):

This addresses subject learning objective(s):

1, 2, 3 and 4

Weight: 40%

Minimum requirements

Students must achieve at least 50% of the subject’s total marks.

Required texts

All required texts are available via UTSOnline (e-links / pdfs) each week.

Recommended texts

An overview of required and recommended readings:

Bressan, E., (2008): “Striving for fairness in Paralympic sport: Support from applied sport science”, Continuing Medical Education, July, Vol. 26, No. 7, pp. 335-338

Brittain, I., (2004): “Perceptions of Disability and their Impact upon Involvement in Sport for people with Disabilities at all Levels”, Journal of Sport and Social Issues, Vol. 28, No. 4, pp. 429-452

Byers, T., (2009): “Research on voluntary sport organisations: Established themes and emerging opportunities”, Journal of Sport Management and Marketing, Vol. 6, No. 2, pp. 215-228

Edwards, J. R., Mason, D. S., Washington, M., (2009): “International pressures, government funding and provincial sport organisations”, Int. J. Sport Management and Marketing, Vol. 6, No. 2, pp. 128-149

Forster, J., (2006): “Global sports organisations and their governance”, Corporate Governance, Vol. 6, No. 1, pp. 72-83

Green, M., (2007): “Olympic glory or grassroots development?: Sport policy priorities in Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom, 1960 – 2006”, International Journal of the History of Sport, Vol. 24, No. 7, pp. 921-953

Hoye, R. S., & Cuskelly, G. (2007). Sport Governance. Amsterdam: Elsevier.

Kaissidis-Rodafinos, A., Anshel, M. H., Porter, A., (1997): “Personal and situational factors that predict coping strategies for acute stress among basketball referees”, Journal of Sports Sciences, Vol. 15, Issue 4, pp. 427-436

Malina, R.M., (2009): “Children and adolescents in the sport culture: The overwhelming majorit to the select few”, Journal of Exercise Science and Fitness, Vol. 7, No. 2 (Suppl), pp. 1-10

Nicholson, M., & Hoye, R. (2008). Sport and Social Capital. Oxford: Butterworth-Heinemann.

Palmer, R., & Robinson, L. (2010). Managing Voluntary Sport Organisations. New York: Routledge.

Rainey D., W., Hardy, L., (1999): “Sources of stress, burnout and intention to terminate among rugby union referees”, Journal of Sports Sciences, Vol. 17, No. 10, pp. 797-806

Seippel, Ø., (2006): “Sport and Social Capital”, Acta Sociologica, Vol. 49, No. 2, pp. 169-183

Schmidt, C., W., (2006): “Putting the Earth in Play, Environmental Awareness and Sports”, Environmental Health Perspectives, Vol. 114, No. 5, pp. 286-295

Schulenkorf, N., (2010): “Sport evens and ethnic reconciliation: Attempting to create social change between Sinhalese, Tamil and Muslim sportspeople in war-torn Sri Lanka”, International Review for the Sociology of Sport, Vol. 45, No. 3, pp. 273-294

Schulenkorf, N. and Adair, D. (Eds), (2014): "Global Sport-for-Development: Critical Perspectives", Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

Skille, Eivind Å., (2004): “Sport for All? The 'Sports City Programme' in Norway”, Sport in Society, Vol. 7, No. 2, pp. 192-210

Skinner, J. and Zakus, D.H., (2008): “Development through Sport: Building Social Capital in Disadvantaged Communities”, Sport Management Review, Vol. 11, No. 3, pp. 253-275

Swan, P., Otago, L., Finch, C.F., Payne, W.R., (2009): “The policies an practices of sports governing bodies in relation to assessing in the safety of sports ground”, Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, Vol. 12, Issue 1, pp. 171-176

Taylor, T., Doherty, A., & McGraw, P. (2008). Managing people in sport organizations. Oxford: Butterworth-Heinemann.

Thibault, L., Kihl, L. and Babiak, K., (2010): “Democratization and governance in international sport: addressing issues with athlete involvement in organizational policy”, International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics, Vol. 2, No. 3, pp. 275 – 302

Walseth, K., (2006): “Young Muslim Women and Sport: The Impact of Identity Work”, Leisure Studies, Vol. 145, No. 1, pp. 75-94

Other resources

An extensive list of library sources, web materials and recommended journals is provided on UTSOnline.