Sport Governance – from Local to International Level


Syllabus for students autumn 2019, autumn 2018

Course Code:
IV604G revision 1
Level of specialisation
Main fields of study:
Sport Sciences
Date of ratification:
29 November 2017
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Education and Society
Enforcement date:
03 September 2018

Entry requirements

Prerequisite courses for this course are: Courses: IV602G-Globalisation, Sport and Health.


The aim of the course is to deepen the understanding of governance and the organisation of sport in a national, international and comparative perspective.


The course focuses on the governance, management and organisation of sport in a local, national and international context. The specific Scandinavian sport context is highlighted and problematised.
One central theme of the course regards ethical and democratic aspects of the management and organisation of sport. The discussion is built up around concepts like (good) governance, power and value systems.
During the course, national and international organisations and authorities managing sport issues (such as sport federations, community actors and the EU), and different regulatory documents are both analysed. Relations and connections between local, national and international levels are analysed from a comparative perspective.
The course addresses current sport ethical dilemmas, in relation to governance and regulation.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course the student should be able to:

  1. demonstrate knowledge about, and problematise relevant perspectives and concepts concerning the political and ethical governance of sport,
  2. analyse and compare the governance, management and organisation of sport at different geographical levels,
  3. formulate, plan and carry out a comparative study of one Scandinavian and one international sport organisation, and evaluate the results with special focus on their development potential.

Learning activities

The course contains varied work formats that can consist of lectures, guest lectures, seminars, group exercises, study visits and self-study. A significant part of the learning activities consists of individual studies, combined with lectures and seminars. The lectures aim to provide an overview of the relevant theoretical and empirical concepts and research.
The sessions that require compulsory attendance are announced at the start of the course.


The course is assessed through one individually performed written assignments and an oral presentation.
The grading criterion are announced at the start of the course.

Grading system

Excellent (A), Very Good (B), Good (C), Satisfactory (D), Pass (E) or Fail (U).

Course literature and other teaching materials

De Bosscher, Veerle, Shibli, Simon, Westerbeek, Hans and Van Bottenburg, Maarten (2015). Successful Elite Sport Policies: An International Comparison of the Sports Policy Factors Leading to International Sporting Success (SPLISS 2.0) in 15 Nations. Meyer & Meyer Sport (UK) Ltd. 400 p.
Ibsen, Bjarne, Nichols, Geoff & Elmose-Österlund, Karsten (2017). Sport Club Policies in Europe. University of Southern Denmark. 108 p.
Breur, Christoph, Feiler, Svenja, Llopis-Goig, Ramon and Emlose-Österlund, Karsten (2017). Characteristics of European Sports Clubs. 125 p.
Sport in Scandinavian Societies (Special Issue), Sport in Society: Cultures, Commerce, Media, Politics (2010), 563-743
The Governance of Sport from a Scandinavian Horizon (Special Issue), International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics, 3 (2011), 3: 305–420

Course evaluation

The University provides students who participate in or who have completed a course with the opportunity to make known their experiences and viewpoints with regards to the course by completing a course evaluation administered by the University. The University will compile and summarize the results of course evaluations as well as informing participants of the results and any decisions relating to measures initiated in response to the course evaluations. The results will be made available to the students (HF 1:14).

Course reports


The education is provided by the Faculty of Education and Society at the department Sport Sciences.

Further information

Johan Norberg, Course Coordinator
Phone: 040-6658275
Paola Mendoza Frödin, Student Administrator
Phone: 040-6658225


11 November 2019 - 19 January 2020 Day-time 50% Malmö Schedule This course is offered as part of a program

Tuition fees

for non-EU students only

First instalment: 10000 SEK
Full tuition Fee: 10000 SEK