EHR328 Ethics in Sport (8)

While sport can have enormous benefits to both the practitioner and the community, such as creating unity and promoting positive social values, there are also practices within sport which can be considered to be highly questionable, even unethical. This subject explores the ethical dimensions of a practitioner's role within sport, by developing the student's awareness and appreciation of such issues. This subject will develop the student's ability to critically analyse many issues, practices and relationships within the sport profession, such as performance enhancing drugs and the ethical use and misuse of technology. The aim of this subject is to promote an ethical understanding of the practices of sport and the student functioning within those roles. Through successful completion of the subject, the student will have the ability to question their own morals, integrity and suppositions as future exercise science, sports media and sports management professionals.


Session 2 (60)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: EHR328. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Exercise Science, Sport and Health

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to critically reflect on the nature and significance of both modern and post-modern ethical inquiry in sport;
  • be able to question and analyse their own cultural values and assumptions in regards to issues such as gender, sexuality and equality (through ethical enquiry);
  • be able to critically examine the ethical implications of professional practice in the field of Exercise Science, Sports Media and Sports Management;
  • be able to critically explore the ethical theories as they pertain to sport, exercise, competition and professional practice;
  • be able to determine the significant relationship between ethics, the individual, social practice, and lifelong learning;
  • be able to interrogate contemporary sporting discourses and practices to identify the global issues in sport and the role of the media.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Personal Ethics;
  • Sport ethics and the nature of ethical enquiry;
  • Ethical theories in sport;
  • Fairness in sport;
  • Ethics of gender in sport;
  • Practice based ethics;
  • Ethics and local sporting clubs and sporting organisations;
  • Ethics and children in sport;
  • The ethics of talent identification programs;
  • Performance enhancing drugs in sport;
  • Ethics and globalisation;
  • The ethical treatment of animals in sport.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of EHR328 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Research paper on an ethical issue
Short answer questions take home test

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.