• Offered by Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Criminology
  • Areas of interest Law, Sociology, Criminology

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.

Learning Outcomes

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:
  1. Evaluate and compare the utility of different disciplinary approaches to the study of corruption.
  2. Describe how corruption in sport differs from corruption in other sectors.
  3. Compare and analyse corrupt conduct in different professional and amateur sporting contexts.
  4. Develop practical and policy oriented recommendations to counter corruption in different sporting contexts.
  5. Explain how different opportunities and structure influence the degree and acceptance of corruption in sport.

Indicative Assessment

Tutorial 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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130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures, and 12 hours of tutorials; and, b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 12 units of 1000 level Sociology (SOCY) or Criminology (CRIM) courses; or 6 units 1000 level SOCY and 6 units 1000 level CRIM; or permission of the convenor.

Prescribed Texts

 Texts to be provided on course Wattle site.

Assumed Knowledge

Students 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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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $2856
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4080
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4840 20 Feb 2017 27 Feb 2017 31 Mar 2017 26 May 2017 In Person N/A

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