EHR333 Politics & Economics in Sport (8)


In this subject, students examine the current and historical relationship between and among sport, politics and economics. The subject covers the areas of sport and social policy, sport and conflict theory, sport and protest, government involvement in sport and the nature and significance of sport as a commercial enterprise.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 2
InternalBathurst Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: EHR333
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Exercise Science, Sport and Health

Enrolment restrictions

Available to students in: Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science (Sport Management) Bachelor of Sports Studies/Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) Bachelor of Educational Studies and as approved by the Course Director
Incompatible subject(s)Related subject(s)
EHR108 EHR108 EHR333 will ultimately replace EHR108

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to explain the Australian political system as it relates to sport policy and funding and compare the Australian model to other international models;
  • be able to articulate the relationship between sport and local, national and international economies;
  • understand the role of communities, governing bodies and government at all levels in relation to sports delivery and sustainability in Australia;
  • be able to critically analyse the growth and development of commercial sports;
  • be able to identify the political and economic processes that occur in sports and sport organisations;
  • be able to analyse the role of the media in the globalisation and commodification of sport;
  • be able to critically examine the history and politics related to protest in sport.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Sport and Australian national identity;
  • The Australian political system;
  • Sports delivery and government funding in Australia - past and present;
  • Sports governance and the scope and responsibility of governing bodies (local, regional, national and international);
  • Sport policy in Australia and internationally;
  • Sport, protest and reconciliation;
  • Sustainability of sport/sport and resource management;
  • The characteristics of commercial sports;
  • The economic impact of commercial sports;
  • Marketing sports/sport in advertising;
  • The economics and politics of sports facilities;
  • The sports industry: Future trends.


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.