SP0746 - International Sport Event Management

What will I learn on this module?

You will learn about the knowledge, techniques and skills required to plan, organise, lead, control and evaluate international sports events. You will analyse the sport event planning process, and consider the economic, environmental and socio-cultural impacts of major sport events. You will examine legal and ethical aspects of sport event management, and explore the role of international federations in the ownership, bidding, planning and delivery aspects of events. A unique professional learning experience (in the form of a week-long fieldtrip) will enable you to investigate professional practice, and to analyse your own experience and your career aspirations.

How will I learn on this module?

The module is taught primarily through a residential visit for experiential learning. This fieldtrip occurs in a sports event ownership, planning and/or operational context. The fieldtrip is supported by a short series of lectures, seminars, student-centred discussions and workshops involving experienced practicing professionals. Lectures are used to discuss key theoretical and conceptual knowledge, whilst seminar and workshop activities are used to encourage more student-led discussions. You will be given directed tasks to prepare for seminar discussions, in order to ensure that you analyse and critique existing literature in the field. The experiential component to the module gives you the opportunity to translate theory to practice, reflect on professional skills, and critically evaluate sport event management practice. As part of the experiential component, you will be asked to critically examine issues surrounding how a particular sport event is planned and implemented in practice.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Module tutors will use online resources and the electronic Learning Portal (eLP) to provide support materials. A module reading list, and weekly readings will also be provided to help guide your own independent study. An ‘Assessment Guidance Session’ will be provided, along with group tutorials and individual tutorials to support work towards the assessment. These tutorials are the mechanism for formative feedback. Constructive feedback from peers and tutors, within seminar sessions, will allow you to discuss your ideas and questions and to develop conceptual knowledge.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Critically evaluate the contribution of international federations to the development and management of sport events.
2. Examine how mastery of new knowledge draws upon relevant, up-to-date theory and models in the context of sport event management.
Intellectual/Professional Skills & Abilities:
3. Evaluate the complexity of factors that could impact on sport event management within different international contexts.
4. Critically appraise how the knowledge and skills gained in the module build upon current competencies and how these have been / could be applied in order to manage complexities and dilemmas in sport event management.
Personal Values Attributes:
5. Critically debate how ethical principles might influence sport event management in a variety of international contexts

How will I be assessed?

Formative Assessment:
Students will receive feedback from a variety of seminar-based tasks; an ‘Assessment Guidance Session’ will be provided; and, following the fieldtrip there will be group tutorials and individual tutorials at which students can present and discuss their ideas and progress towards the summative assessment.
Summative Assessment 1:
A 4,000-word critical report based on the fieldwork experience.
(Alternatively, if a student is unable to attend the fieldtrip, a 4,000-word critical report on a key aspect of international sport event management.)
MLOs 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.





Module abstract

From the Olympic Games through to charity fun-runs, sport events have become vehicles for political advancement, economic regeneration, national or regional pride, social integration, community action, health promotion and, of course, sporting excellence … not to mention bribery, corruption, doping, cheating and illegal gambling!
This module aims to develop a critical appreciation of the knowledge, techniques, skills and values used to plan, organise, lead, control and evaluate international sports events. The highlight of the module is a one-week residential fieldtrip to an event management context. Here we will learn from experts in the sport event industry, and will hear about, question, debate and observe issues related to the management of major sport events.
We will explore the event planning process, examine the economic, environmental and socio-cultural impacts of major events, and consider legal aspects of event management.
At the end of this module you WILL want to work in the sport event industry!

Course info

Credits 20

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 1 year full-time
1 other options available

Department Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2021

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