SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3N822481
Module Leader Pauline Bell
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject Tourism and Events
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge


Summary of Content

This module will examine issues of governance underpinning the rapid growth of sport in society and its influence on how sport is consumed. Students will be introduced to determining aspects of governance including political agenda, commercialisation and the international agencies that shape it. Using contemporary cases studies from different sports, the module will question the ethics and impact of sports governance in relation to our understanding and support of sport.


Governance defined Strategic management and policy development Policy and power Ethical issues Sport as a political tool Elite sport development systems Internationalisation strategies Sustainability Sport across frontiers Responsible leadership Mega events Commercialisation of elite sport Sport and civil society

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:- Critically evaluate the organisation, behaviour and structure of a variety of sport organisations;- Critically analyse power, policy and politics in international sport;- Critically examine ways in which (inter)national sporting organisations influence the production and transformation of issues relating to areas such as social class, race and ethnicity, gender, disability, and nation;- Critically assess the commercialisation of (post)modern sport;- Critically assess the role, dynamics and impact of sport corporations in the creation of sustainable social, environmental and economic value.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Key theoretical material relating to sport governance will be introduced through a formal lecture programme. Students will first be introduced to the theoretical underpinnings relating to the area of governance and will then look at the influence of key factors before examining the world of international sport through case-studies of sport governance from across the world. The lecture series will be supported by a programme of seminars which will allow students to enhance and deepen their learning while applying theory to practice. In advance of these seminars students will be expected to independently identify key materials from both peer-reviewed academic journals and a variety of policy documentation. Students will be assessed by two means. They will be asked to write an essay on an aspect of governance from the contemporary sports world. The focus of this essay will need to be agreed by the module tutor. Students will also undertake research for, and then present a scientific research poster. Support and guidance for this will be provided in a series of seminar sessions. The teaching team have experience of working within sport in different nations and will bring an international perspective to the class. Ongoing research, including international collaboration, into aspects of international sport governance will underpin the module delivery. Speakers from industry and academia will also be invited to contribute guest lecture sessions. PRME Sport governance focuses on the exercise of authority and looks at the policy issues and ethical questions that this raises. This unit will adhere to the Principles of Responsible Management Education but will focus in particular on the creation of sustainable social, environmental and economic value. GSBS will continue to use the advancement of GCU Learn as a blended learning tool through its teaching and learning as well as through engagement with students. GSBS will ensure that all modules are GCU Learn enabled and with the support of the Learning Technologists at the cutting edge of development of online materials. Academic staff and the Learning Technologists will continue to work together to develop and operate all modules on GCULearn to ensure student support and information sharing. Students are provided with formative and summative feedback via a variety of mechanisms. Feedback on coursework is provided within 3 working weeks of submission.

Indicative Reading

-567 Books and articles: Green, M. and Houlihan, B. (2005). Elite Sport Development. London: Routledge. Henry, I. and Ling-Mei, K. (2013) (Eds.). Routledge Handbook of Sport Policy. London: Routledge. -567 Hoye, R. and Cuskelly, G. (2007). Sport Governance. Oxford: Elsevier. Hums, M. and MacLean, J. (2009). Governance and Policy in Sport Organizations (2 nd ed.). Scottsdale, AZ: Holcomb Hathaway. Levermore, R. and Budd, A. (2004) (Eds.). Sport and International Relations. London: Routledge. Palmer, C. (2013). Global Sport Policy. London: Sage. Pedersen, P., Parks, J., Quarterman, J. and Thibault, L. (2014) (Eds.). Contemporary Sport Management (5 th ed). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics. Thoma, J. and Chalip, L. (1996). Sport Governance in the Global Community. Morgantown, WV: Fitness Information Technology. Journals: European Sport Management Quarterly International Journal of Sport Management International Journal of Sport Management and Marketing Journal of Sport Management Sport Management Review

Transferrable Skills

By the end of this module students will have gained competence in the following key areas: -360 - Knowledge of International affairs/ cultural awareness - Integrity - Honesty - Regard for others - Ethics/awareness - Presentation Skills - Ability to work in Teams - Strategic Envisioning

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 124.00
Assessment (FT) 40.00
Seminars (FT) 12.00
Lectures (FT) 24.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 50.00 35% 15 minute presentation and 5 minutes of questions. Weeks 8 -10
Coursework 2 n/a 50.00 35% Essay week 14