• Offered by POLIS: The Centre for Social Policy Research
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Criminology
  • Areas of interest Law, Sociology, Criminology
  • Work Integrated Learning Projects
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Adam Masters
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2024
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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 to the multifaceted nature of corruption in sport and to useful theoretical approaches to analysing the phenomena. For example, theories of organisational culture provide a framework 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, students 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:

  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; and
  5. explain how different opportunities and structure influence the degree and acceptance of corruption in sport.

Work Integrated Learning


Corruption in Sport is a research-led teaching course, where students will have the opportunity to contribute to cross-university research projects. Assessment tasks are modelled to contribute to the academic understanding of sport corruption as a phenomena and what sporting bodies do to maintain or improve integrity in sport.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Tutorial participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  2. Group presentation 10 minutes [4-6 students] (10) [LO 4,5]
  3. Individual presentation 10 minutes (20) [LO 2,5]
  4. Short paper 1500 words (20) [LO 1,3]
  5. Essay 2500 words (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.


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

72 units of tertiary study or with the permission of the convener

Prescribed Texts

 Texts to be provided on course Wattle site.

Assumed Knowledge

This course is taught assuming students have some basic understanding of sociology and criminology.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4080
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $5280
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8738 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 In Person View

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