EHR333 Politics & Economics in Sport (8)


In this subject, students examine the current and historical relationship between and among sport, politics and economics. Students will develop the skills to investigate sport and social policy, the Australian sports delivery system, sport and protest, government funding of sport and the sustainability of sport as a commercial enterprise. Students will critically examine the significance of sport to Australia’s national identity and develop the skills to analyse marketing strategies and management issues and the role of the media in the sports industry within Australia and globally.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 2
OnlineBathurst Campus
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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

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;
  • be able to evaluate 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;
  • be able to deliver clear concise and unambiguous information related to the working of the sports industry in presentation and written report styles.


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 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 13 April 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.