Sport Community Partnerships

    Unit code: AHX5501 | Study level: Postgraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    City Campus


    This unit examines the ways in which sport organisations may partner and collaborate with other organisations to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes. These partnerships and collaborative arrangements will range from straightforward commercial agreements (for example sponsorship) to partnerships with community-based agencies and non-profit organisations (for example outreach programs with community welfare organisations).
    Attention will be given to the different forms these arrangements may take, and the specific outputs arising from these arrangements. A number of cases will be analysed which focus on the catalyst for the development of the agreement, the parties to the agreement, the aims and outcomes that each party expects, and the way the agreement was managed. Students will be expected to not only contribute to case study discussion, but also provide examples of innovative partnership arrangements for specific sporting clubs and associations.

    Learning Outcomes

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

    1. Critique theories of sport stakeholder synergies for developing sport partnerships;
    2. Analyse sport partnership developments through the appraisal of sport partnership case studies;
    3. Critically review sport partnership theory as applied to sport partnership developments; and,
    4. Evaluate the distinction between business agreements, community / business agreements and community agreements.


    For Melbourne campuses

    Assessment type: Report
    Grade: 40%
    Partnership proposal (part a - 20% & part b - 20%)
    Assessment type: Case Study
    Grade: 30%
    Sport community partnership
    Assessment type: Literature Review
    Grade: 15%
    Innovations in partnerships
    Assessment type: Presentation
    Grade: 15%
    Key findings of literature review

    Required reading

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

    As part of a course

    This unit is not compulsory for any specific course. Depending on the course you study, this unit may be taken as an elective.

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