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SPHE450 - Sports Governance

Course Details

Course Code: SPHE450 Course ID: 4028 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course will focus on the policies, structure and politics that shape sport at the regional, national and international levels. With a focus on the Olympic movement, the course will also examine the organization and development of amateur and professional sport, including the need for Paralympic Games, Gay Games and Special Olympics. The student will analyze the different membership guidelines, organizational goals, and administrative roles of the many governing bodies as well as learn about the historical politics and boycotts, the international development of sport and the bidding process for an international event.

Course Schedule

No Course Offerings.

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, students will fulfill the following Learning Objectives (L.O.):

  1. Analyze organizational and structural policies for International Sport Governance and examine the Olympic Movement, Olympic Governance, and Olympism.
  2. Examine principles of international development of sport, and evaluate national sport policies in an international context, youth sport governing bodies in the U.S. and the NCAA and its challenges.
  3. Describe the bidding process for an international event such as the Olympic Games and the responsibilities involved with Pre-Event Organization, During the Event and Post-Event.
  4. Analyze national teams and their governance and responsibilities and Sport For All and the philosophies involved and defend and argue how politics and boycotts in sports have been interwoven over the years.
  5. Explain the need for the Paralympic Games, the Special Olympics and analyze professional sports and the future for sport governance and sport globalization.
NameGrade %
Forums 30.00 %
Week 1 Forum 3.75 %
Week 2 Forum 3.75 %
Week 3 Forum 3.75 %
Week 4 Forum 3.75 %
Week 5 Forum 3.75 %
Week 6 Forum 3.75 %
Week 7 Forum 3.75 %
Week 8 Forum 3.75 %
Assignments 45.00 %
Week 2 Assignment: Athletic Governing Body Report 15.00 %
Week 3 Assignment: History and Role of the NCAA 15.00 %
Week 5 Assignment: Bidding Assignment 15.00 %
Final Project 25.00 %
Week 7 Assignment: Final Project - Sports Governance Structure 25.00 %

Required Readings:

THIS CLASS DOES NOT HAVE A TEXTBOOK. This class uses Open Educational Resources (OERs) rather than a textbook. Each week in the Lessons tab you will have different readings/videos that you will read/watch to learn the weekly material. Students are encouraged to augment assignments and forums with outside readings of their interest.

Additional Resources:

There may be other materials, including websites outside the classroom, assigned by the Instructor during the course.


In addition to the required course texts the following public domain websites are useful. Please abide by the APUS academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well. Note website addresses are subject to change.

Site Name

Web Site URL/Address

The OWL at Purdue

APA Style Homepage

North American Society for Sport Management


Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*
Book Title:Sport in the City: The Role of Sport in Economic and Social Regeneration - e-book available in the APUS Online Library; Please visit to locate the course eReserve.
Publication Info:Routledge
Author:Gratton, Chris
Unit Cost:$73.72

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.