Admission requirementsGeneral entry requirements + English B.
For Swedish Upper Secondary Grades merit rating will be calculated according to Områdesbehörighet 6/A6
Are you interested in different aspects of sport governance?
This is the course for you, whether you want to round out your education with knowhow in the field of sport governance, if you already work in sport but want to further your knowledge with an international perspective, or if you love sport and see studying as your lifelong learning project.
The course will introduce you to the vast area of sport governance. We will discuss formal as well as informal aspects of sport governance and learn for real cases. We will read and discuss texts from some of the leading experts in the field. We will look at and discuss the material from official websites of different European sport governing bodies, as well as other stakeholder organisation.
At the end of the course, you should be able to discuss different models of sport governance as well as specific aspects of sport governing models, the role of social capital, corporate social responsibility (CSR), sustainability and good governance; and the continuity and change in the roles of sport governing bodies.
Course Code: IF108E
- Sport Sciences
- For students admitted
The course was established 10 December 2010.
This course syllabus (version 1) was approved 02 March 2012 by the Education Commitee at School of Education.
The syllabus is valid from 03 September 2012.
The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to formal as well as informal aspects of sport governance. At the end of the course, the students should be able to discuss aspects of sport governing models, different models of governance, the role of social capital, corporate social responsibility and good governance; and the continuity and change in the roles of sport governing bodies.
Advancement in relation to the degree requirements
Single subject course.
General entry requirements + English B.
On completion of the course, the students will be able to
- identify and discuss different ideal types of sport governance in Europe
- analyse and discuss policy components and processes in major sport governing bodies
- critically reflect on gender, environment, migration and ethnicity in the context of sport governance
- critically analyse multi-level governance aspects of sport
- critically reflect on different fields of sport governance research
AssessmentsThe course is examined in the three steps:
Part 1 is composed of a total assessment of four written literature-quiz with focus on the course literature. The literature-quizes take place during the first four weeks of the course.
Part 2 is a paper where the student gives a written account of policy and processes in one special sport federation, based on desk-research.
Part 3 is composed of a written take-home exam where the student critically analyse the special sport federation from the point of view of all the specified learning outcomes.
The criteria for the different grading levels are clarified by the examiner at the start of the course.
Course contentThe course content discussed is sport governance in Europe. Topics covered are different types of elite and amateur sport governance in Europe, the continuity and change in the roles of sport governing bodies, the role of social capital, social responsibility and good governance in the context of multi-level governance. In order for the student to contribute with their knowledge and experience, the course also consists of collecting, sharing and reflecting on local examples, specific to the individual student.
Learning activitiesThe learning experiences in this course are afforded through reading of current articles and news in governance and management literature, assignments, on-line discussion forum, assisted activities, and a variety of additional instructional approaches that will offer ample opportunities to meet the course objectives. The course learning is based on case studies of football and sailing.
Reading list and other mediaBergsgard, Nils Asle & Norberg, Johan R. (2010). Sports policy and politics - the Scandinavian way. Sport in Society, 13, 567 - 582.
Groeneveld, Margaret, Houlihan, Barrie & Ohl, Fabien (2010). Social Capital and Sport Governance in Europe. London: Routledge (number of pages 199).
Hassan, David & Hamil, Sean (2010). Models of football governance and management in international sport. Soccer & Society 11, 343 - 353.
Henry, Ian (2007). Transnational and comparative research in sport: globalisation, governance and sport policy. London: Routledge. (number of pages 211)
Henry, Ian and Lee, Ping-Chao (2004). Governance and ethics in sport. I: John Beech and Simon Chadwick (eds.), The Business of Sport Management. Harlow: Pearson
Kamberidou, Irene & Patsadaras, Nikolaos (2007). A new concept in European sport governance: sport as social capital. Biology of Exercise, 3, 21 - 34.
McDonald, Ian (2005). Theorising Partnerships: Governance, Communicative Action and Sport Policy. Journal of Social Policy, 34(4): 579-600.
McNamee, Michael John and Fleming, Scott (2007). Ethics Audits and Corporate Governance: The Case of Public Sector Sports Organizations. Journal of Business Ethics, 73: 425-37.
Persson, H. Thomas .R. (2008). Social Capital and Social Responsibility in Denmark - More than Gaining Public Trust. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 43, pp. 35-51.
Pfister, Gertrud ( 2010). Are the women or the oganisations to blame? Gender hierarchies in Danish sport organisations. International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics, 2, 1-23.
Course evaluationStudents are given opportunities to influence course content through continual reflections on the course content and methods. The course ends with an individual, written evaluation based on the course purpose and learning outcomes. These evaluations are used as a starting point for the feedback course leader and students makes at the end of the course.