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PHSE539 Sport Governance and Administration

An introduction to organisation theory and its application to New Zealand sport agencies. An overview of the sport delivery system in New Zealand is presented with an emphasis on the relationships between the various organisations. Involves a review of the context within which organisations operate, examining their roles and structures along with the key issues they face.

Sport and recreation organisations (such as clubs, national federations, government agencies, professional sport franchises, etc.) are integrated across all sectors of society. Not surprisingly, there are repeated attempts to change how these relate to one another. Whether the changes actually result in better outcomes is a matter of perspective; after all, there can be no perfect way to arrange organisations, and each shift presents new implications and challenges. It is, therefore, important to understand the language of organisational theory and be able to analyse the impacts of organisations, both in terms of their effects on members as well as their impacts on other organisations.

Paper title Sport Governance and Administration
Paper code PHSE539
Subject Physical Education
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,590.98
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,357.07

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PHSE 204 and PHSE 206
PHSE 339
Limited to
BPhEd(Hons), PGDipOE, PGDipPE, MDanceSt, MPhEd
Suitable for students interested in sport management and public administration
Teaching staff
Course Co-ordinator and Lecturer: Dr Mike Sam
Paper Structure
The paper covers the following topics:
  • Hierarchies and bureaucracy
  • Networks and contracts
  • Sport and recreation in the public sector
  • National sport federations
  • The regional and club system
  • Global sport federations
  • Professional sport structures
Teaching Arrangements
Lectures and tutorials
Attendance at tutorials is compulsory.
There is no compulsory text book. A reading list will be provided, which details the book chapter or research articles that complement each lecture. These readings will be available online and through course reserve in the library.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Critical thinking, Self-motivation, Communication.
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Learning Outcomes
On completing the paper students should demonstrate:
  • Enhanced capacity to undertake organisational analyses as a critical function of management and governance
  • Enhanced skills in listening, reading, reasoning and questioning that enable independent learning

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First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Tuesday 13:00-13:50 9-13, 15-22
Friday 13:00-13:50 9-12, 15-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
T1 Monday 11:00-11:50 10, 15, 19
T2 Wednesday 09:00-09:50 10, 15, 19
T3 Thursday 09:00-09:50 10, 15, 19