Ethics in Sport Management and Active Recreation

Unit code: SSM2003 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
City Campus
Footscray Park


This unit is designed to develop the student’s awareness and appreciation of the ethical dimensions of sport management and active recreation. The unit will facilitate the development of the student’s ability to analyse critically various issues, policies, practices and relationships within sport and active recreation. It will also explore individual preferences and values and how they influence ethical decision making. Special attention will be paid to the development of ethical reasoning and its practical application to topics such as: anti-doping, match fixing, diversity and anti-discrimination (e.g. gender and sexuality, race, ethnicity and religion, ability and disability); and wellbeing (e.g. injuries, child safeguarding).

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Analyse concepts of ethics, arguments, reasoning, morals, values and decision making;
  2. Understand how your personal preferences, views and values influence your ethical reasoning;
  3. Use critical reasoning and ethical approaches to analyse argument forms; and,
  4. Apply ethical and critical reasoning to identify, solve problems and recommend professional practice improvements in sport, sport management and active recreation.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Test
Grade: 10%
Online test
Assessment type: Journal
Grade: 10%
Daily Reflection Blog
Assessment type: Project
Grade: 60%
Podcast Project - Part A Interview Questions (30%) and Part B Interview Responses (30%)
Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 20%
Group Presentation

Required reading

Selected readings will be made available via the unit VU Collaborate site.

As part of a course

This unit is studied as part of the following course(s):

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