Gold CoastStudy Period 1Study Period 1

Unit description

Concentrates on current legal issues in sport and examines how the law attempts to resolve these issues. Students will investigate the application of the law and its principles and practices as it relates to sporting organisations in relation to current sporting issues including governance, dispute resolution, tort, contract, competition law, intellectual property and anti-doping policy in sport.

Unit content

Topic 1 Current issues in sport

Topic 2 Sports governance

Topic 3 Sport Tribunals and Sport Specific Jurisdiction

Topic 4 IP issues in sport

Topic 5 Tort in Sports

Topic 6 The Sporting Contract and Behavioural Misconduct

Topic 7 Sports Agents

Topic 8 E-Sports and Cyber Security

Topic 9 Discrimination in Sport

Topic 10 Anti-doping in sport

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Study Period 1

  • Note that this is also available as an Ebook: Thorpe, D et al., 2018, Sports Law, 3rd edn, Oxford University Press Australia , South Melbourne. ISBN: 9780190309855.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast (intensive)

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 16 hours (Over 4 days)
Research Proposal10%
Research Assignment60%

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