Organizing and Staging Major Sport Events

Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Organizing and Staging Major Sport Events

  • Host University

    Griffith University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Sports Management

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Course Description
    The planning, implementing and evaluating of major sport events is characterised by dynamic management environments that bring together a wide array of stakeholders. Large multi-sport events present both logistical and organisational challenges for host cities, as well as opportunities to plan for and create a range of short- and long-term benefits and event legacies. This course will introduce students to the complexity of managing major sport events. Students will study a number of planning, operations and event legacy management issues across the life span of major sport events, from the bid phase to event evaluations. This course will offer students practical as well as theoretical insights into the dynamic and at times challenging nature of sport event management.
    Course Introduction
    This course will examine different theoretical and practical management and operational aspects of major sport events as a way of understanding and conceptualising how large sport events are planned and staged. Large scale sport events (i.e. Commonwealth Games, Olympics and FIFA World Cup) will be used to build knoweldge on sport event planning and staging. Management concepts and planning issues will be examined from the viewpoints of different event stakeholders, with particular attention paid to planning for, ensuring and evaluating event legacies. By developing students? knowledge and analytical skills in relation to these concepts, the course seeks to build students' understanding and the professional skills needed to work within the sport and event industries. Students will have opportunities to identify and gain insights into specific aspects of organising major sport events that could assist them should they wish to work in these areas or pursue specialist postgraduate degrees in sport, or event management.
    Course Aims
    • To develop an understanding of the range and roles of stakeholders involved in planning and organising large-scale sport events through the example of the 2018 Commonwealth Games, Olympic Games, and FIFA World Cup;
    • To appreciate the complex issues related to the management of large sport events; and;
    • To develop skills in scholarly inquiry and critical thinking in relation to the analysis of management and operations of a large sport event.
    Learning Outcomes
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    1 1. Comprehend sport event management theories.
    2 2. Articulate your knowledge of the role of stakeholders in sport events.
    3 3. Comprehend the complexity of organising large sport events.
    4 4. Demonstrate capacity to present and analyse the issues involved in organising an event to ensure there is a legacy beyond the event itself.

    Assessment Task

    Weighting/Marked out of

    Presentation - technical or professional
    Group Presentation Individual Research Proposal


    Assignment - Written Assignment
    Planning and Legacy Critical Analysis


    Exam - constructed response
    Final exam


Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.