As the world becomes a more interconnected place, sport has become a cultural sphere in which localities, regions and nations meet to compete individually or as teams for prizes ranging from simple peer recognition, health and fitness to celebrity status. Yet there is a darker side to sport. Highly visible scandals and allegations of corruption mean that the results of sporting competition are brought into doubt on an ever-increasing basis.
This course will introduce students the multifaceted nature of corruption in sport and useful theoretical approaches to analysing the phenomena. For example, theories of organisational culture provide a frameworks to explain why corruption occurs in one team, club, league or sport and not another. Situational crime prevention theory will guide thinking about corruption prevention. On completion, student will have the academic skills to critically analyse the phenomena by synthesising a variety of disciplinary approaches to this issue and show them that sport is now so much more than just a game.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Evaluate and compare the utility of different disciplinary approaches to the study of corruption.
- Describe how corruption in sport differs from corruption in other sectors.
- Compare and analyse corrupt conduct in different professional and amateur sporting contexts.
- Develop practical and policy oriented recommendations to counter corruption in different sporting contexts.
- Explain how different opportunities and structure influence the degree and acceptance of corruption in sport.
Indicative AssessmentTutorial participation (10%) (Learning outcomes 1 & 5)
Group presentation 10 minutes [4-6 students] (10%) (Learning outcomes 4 & 5)
Individual presentation 10 minutes (20%) (Learning outcomes 2 & 5)
Short paper 1000 words (20%) (Learning outcomes 1 & 3)
Essay 3000 words (40%) (Learning outcomes 1, 2, 3 & 4)
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WorkloadTwo 1 hour lectures and a 1 hour tutorial per week for 13 weeks. Students are expected to undertake a further 7 hours of independent study each week during the semester (total 130 hours).
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsTexts to be provided on course Wattle site.
Assumed KnowledgeStudents should have a basic grasp of criminology, sociology or socio-legal studies. Despite the transdisciplinary nature of the subject matter, the themes covered in this course are from a distinctly criminological and sociological perspective.
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