Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
School of Sport
26 October 2022
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This course will enable participants to see the interconnections between sport business and the law.
The University regularly ‘refreshes’ courses to make sure they are as up-to-date as possible.
In addition it undertakes formal periodic review of courses in a process called 'revalidation’ to ensure that they continue to meet standards and are current and relevant.
This course will be revalidated in the near future and it is possible that there will be some changes to the course as described in this prospectus.
This course enables participants to examine a range of aspects of law which specifically affect the organisation of sport. It will familiarise participants with a range of legal principles and then apply these to a range of sporting situations. Participants will engage through a series of lectures, seminars and group activities and make ideally links between these aspects and their own organisational situations.
This course can be taken individually or combined over a period of time towards a Postgraduate Certificate of Professional Development.
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The continued commercialisation of the sporting industry places managers within ever- shifting legal terrain. This course seeks to examine the real and potential impact of the law on sporting organisations and their partners. During the course, we introduce participants to the specificity of organised sport and critically review a range of legal principles such as company law, regulation, governance and safe guarding. In addition to this understanding, the development of commercial skills is essential for sport managers. This course will enable participants to see the interconnections between sport business and the law. It is envisaged that prospective managers will be able to critically understand relevant management and legal principles so they can provide recommendations for organisational advantage.
This course willreview areas of law and consider the implications for organised sport and provide participants with the ability to critique and analyse commercial factors that impact on the sport business.
(1) Individual Essay (50%)
Participants are required to write a 2000 word essay assessing the implications of a legal issue for a sporting organisation of their choice. The essay will conclude with a specific section outlining key action points for managers of that sport (maximum 500 words). The document in total should be no more than 2500 words.
(2) Presentation (50%)
Participants are required to participate in an arbitration presentation where they will be asked to seek a resolution to an issue that has been allocated. Full guidance on the roles and requirements of the arbitration will be provided.
This course runs in a blended format (online and face-to-face) and requires attendance on four individual dates from 9.15am - 4.15pm on 26, 27, 28 October (on campus) and 14 November 2022. On-campus attendance is at the Belfast campus.
Any undergraduate degree (second class honours or above).
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