SMGT40370 Sport Governance & Law

Academic Year 2022/2023

This module will explore the importance of governance in sport. It will introduce various theoretical perspectives relating to governance theory and consider the relevance of these to the sport environment. An examination of governance practices across systemic, political and organisational domains will form a core component of the module. In particular, students will consider whether the governance structures within sport organisations are appropriate to enable it to carry out its key management and regulatory functions. This module will also highlight the relevance of the law to the administration and management of sport in Ireland and internationally therefore providing students with an understanding of the legal context of organisational decision making in sport.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

1. Identify and explain the standards of good governance that apply to sport organisations, from international federations and national governing bodies, to clubs.
2. Discuss and critically reflect on governance theories and concepts and how they may be applied to sports systems, at local, national and international levels. 
3. Critically evaluate the governance structures in sport organisations. 
4. Generate proposals that translate good governance principles into actionable objectives for sports organisations
5. Understand the role of certain legal provisions, regulations and statutes and how they affect sports in general;

Indicative Module Content:

Understanding Political, Systemic & Organisational Governance - Explore the relevance of each to the study of governance and sport; Governance Domains - Corporate / Non-profit / Hybrid + applicability to an understanding of some of the governance challenges faced in sports governance; Governance in Action - Case Studies in Sport ; Key legal issues in sport ranging from company law to corruption.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
In line with the MSc programme values, the module utilises an teaching and learning approach which places students at the centre of the learning experience; promoting a collaborative and interactive learning process. Students have the opportunity to actively engage and learn during the module through lectures, class discussions, seminars, reflective learning and group work 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Group Project: < Description > Week 12 n/a Graded No


Journal: < Description > Week 10 n/a Graded No


Assignment: < Description > Unspecified n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Students will be provided with group feedback from the module leader post assessment of their group presentation. Students will also be provided with feedback on their individual assignment post assessment.

Name Role
Dr Helen Raftery Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Eleni Theodoraki Lecturer / Co-Lecturer