SPCO207-19S2 (D) Semester Two 2019 (Distance)

Ethics in Sport

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 15 July 2019
End Date: Sunday, 10 November 2019
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 26 July 2019
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 27 September 2019


In achieving a dominant position, sport has become institutionalised and its meaning, significance and moral and ethical influence has a profound and powerful affect on society. This course introduces students to philosophical, moral and ethical foundations of sport. It examines a range of philosophical views of sport and considers its powerful influence on the attitudes and values of the individual and contemporary society. Sporting scenarios are examined and ethical decision making applied to critique the role, functions, meaning, and moral bases of sport.

Learning Outcomes

1.  Demonstrate an understanding of the philosophical nature of sport;
2.  Demonstrate an understanding of institutional and practice views of sport;
3.  Explain and critique the educative value of sport;
4.  Examine moral significance in sport;
5.  Demonstrate an understanding of ethical decision making and moral reasoning;
6.  Examine values and how they influence participant attitudes in sport;
7.  Critique character building and its meaning in sport;
8.  Demonstrate an understanding of the Olympic Movement and other sporting movements;
9.  Examine and critique the notion of fair play and the use of technological aids in sport;
10.Apply ethical decision making processes in sporting scenarios.


1) 15 points at 100-level, or
2) enrolment in GradCertSpC, or
3) with approval from Programme Coordinator

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Brad Miles


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Concepts Test 12 Aug 2019 20% A take-home test focusing on core concepts in sport ethics. Learning Outcomes 1, 4, 5, 6, 10
Poster assignment 27 Sep 2019 35% Poster presentation critiquing an ethical issue in sport. Learning outcomes 1, 4, 5, 6, 10
Reflective Journal 18 Oct 2019 45% A series of critical evaluations of selected topics from across the course. Learning Outcomes 1-10

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

Arnold, Peter J; Sport, ethics and education; Cassell, 1997.

Boxill, Jan; Sports ethics : an anthology; Blackwell Pub, 2003.

Gillespie, Lorna. , New Zealand., New Zealand; Attitudes and values : Olympic ideals in physical education : sport studies, Years 9-10 : key area of learning, sports studies; Learning Media, 2000.

Harvey, Stephen , Light, Richard; Ethics in youth sport : policy and pedagogical applications; Routledge, 2012.

Hoberman, John M; Testosterone dreams : rejuvenation, aphrodisia, doping; University of California Press, 2005.

Kretchmar, R. Scott; Practical philosophy of sport and physical activity; 2nd ed; Human Kinetics, 2005.

Loland, Sigmund. , Skirstad, Berit, Waddington, Ivan; Pain and injury in sport : social and ethical analysis; Routledge, 2006.

Lumpkin, Angela. et al; Sport ethics : applications for fair play; 2nd ed; WCB/McGraw-Hill, 1999.

Malloy, David Cruise , Ross, Saul, Zakus, Dwight Harry; Sport ethics : concepts and cases in sport and recreation; Thompson Educational Pub, 2000.

McFee, Graham; Sport, rules, and values : philosophical investigations into the nature of sport; Routledge, 2004.

McNamee, M. J; Sports, virtues and vices : morality plays; Routledge, 2008.

McNamee, M. J. , Parry, S. J; Ethics and sport; Spon, 1998.

Miah, Andy; Genetically modified athletes : biomedical ethics, gene doping and sport; Routledge, 2004.

Morgan, William John; Ethics in sport; 2nd ed; Human Kinetics, 2007.

Morgan, William John , Meier, Klaus V., Schneider, Angela Jo-Anne; Ethics in sport; Human Kinetics, 2001.

Nucci, Larry P. , Narvaez, Darcia; Handbook of moral and character education; Routledge, 2008.

Parry, S. J; Sport and spirituality : an introduction; Routledge, 2007.

Schneider, Angela Jo-Anne , Hong, Fan; Doping in sport : global ethical issues; Routledge, 2007.

Schneider, Robert C; Ethics of sport and athletics : theory, issues, and application; Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2009.

Simon, Robert L; Fair play : the ethics of sport; 2nd ed; Westview Press, 2004.

Tannsjo, Torbjorn , Tamburrini, Claudio Marcello; Values in sport : elitism, nationalism, gender equality, and the scientific manufacture of winners; E & FN Spon, 2000.

Walsh, Adrian J. , Giulianotti, Richard; Ethics, money, and sport : this sporting mammon; Routledge, 2007.

Recommended reading
Arnold, P. (1996). Olympism, sport and education. QUEST, vol48, no.1, pp. 93-101.

Additional Course Outline Information

Academic integrity

All forms of cheating and dishonest practice are taken seriously and penalties will result. Students should refer to General Course and Examination Regulation J: Dishonest Practice and Breach of Instructions.

Assessment and grading system

Grading Scale
Grade    GPA Value        Marks
A+              9            90 – 100
A                8            85 – 89.99
A-               7            80 – 84.99
B+              6            75 – 79.99
B                5            70 – 74.99
B-               4            65 – 69.99
C+              3            60 – 64.99
C                2            55 – 59.99
C-               1            50 – 54.99
D                0            40 – 49.99
E               -1             0 – 39.99

A pass is 50 marks and over.


Due to the carefully planned learning progressions within courses and the workshop type nature of most on-campus classes, all on-campus students are expected to attend all sessions. Distance students should watch recorded sessions, and interact with other material provided by their lecturer shortly after it is made available through LEARN or other methods. This will ensure that you do not miss vital information which will allow you to make sense of the course content. If you are going to miss on-campus classes you are expected to email the course lecturer, catch up on missed work through classmates, view recordings, readings and other supplementary material provided.  In special cases, the course lecturer may provide additional support for you.


Students will be asked to complete course evaluations, and will have the opportunity to provide feedback during their courses. Surveys are conducted electronically and are confidential. The College of Education, Health and Human Development will conduct regular graduate surveys.

Grade moderation

All course assessments in the Bachelor of Sport Coaching are internally moderated.  A sample of your work may be used as part of this moderation process. Regular examiners meetings monitor the distribution of final grades in courses and adjustments are made if necessary to ensure reasonable consistency and comparability of course grades.

Late submission of work

An assessment is late if it is handed in after the due date, without a formal extension.  If an assessment is submitted after the due date, 5% will be deducted from the final grade for every day the assessment is late.  No assessments will be accepted after a period of 3 days after the due date, unless an extension has been granted.


The Award regulations for the Bachelor of Sport Coaching can be found within the UC Calendar.  The UC calendar is available online at:
The specific Award regulations for the degree can be found at: http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/regulations/award/bspc_regs.shtml
The College of Education Health and Human Development assessment guidelines, which contain specific information regarding the College grading scale, late work, extensions, submission of work, reconsideration of grades, Special Consideration procedures, academic integrity, and moderation of assessment can be found at:
The specific assessment details for each course, including assessment dates, can be found on the Courses, Subjects and Qualifications website: http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/courses

Other specific requirements

All written assessment tasks and presentations must be referenced according to APA convention. (Information relating to APA referencing can be obtained from both the Central and Education Libraries.) Most assignments must be submitted online. Online submission requires students to formally acknowledge that what they are submitting is their own work. Hardcopy submissions must be accompanied by a completed cover sheet (available from the course lecturer).

Requests for extensions

Students who cannot complete assessments by the due date should discuss their situation with the course lecturer. Where circumstances are known in advance, the student should discuss these with the course lecturer at least one week days prior to the assessment due date. In circumstances where this is not appropriate, the student should discuss their situation with the course lecturer as soon as possible.


To pass this course you are required to gain an overall average grade of C- (50%) or better across all assessments. No resubmissions are available for this course.

Special Consideration

Students wishing to apply for Special Consideration should refer to this link for further information: http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/exams/special-consideration.shtml

Partial Exemption from Assessment

If you are wishing to apply for partial exemption from assessment in a course (e.g. if you are repeating a course and you have have previously passed one or more assessments from within the course, and do not wish to write this assessment again) you may apply for this using the form: Application for Partial Exemption from Assessment

Where to submit and collect work

Electronic Submission via LEARN (all on campus and distance students)
All students must submit their assessment via the online assessment system in the Learn (Moodle) class site, on or before the due date.  All submitted assessment work will be screened by the software Turnitin, to check for plagiarism.  There is opportunity for students to submit a draft report to monitor levels of plagiarism prior to the final submission for marking.

It is the responsibility of the students to check their Internet access and ability to submit their work via the online system.  Any technical difficulties should be notified well in advance of the due date so that assistance can be provided or alternative arrangements can be negotiated. For ICT help call our free call number 0508 UC IT HELP (0508 824 843) or on 03 369 5000.Monday to  Friday, 8am to 5pm (excluding public and university holidays).

Hard Copy Submission for On-Campus Students
Where your course lecturer requires a hardcopy submission, on campus students’ assignments are to be submitted with a cover sheet to the Sport & Physical Education office, (behind the Rec Centre) by 5.00pm, or by the time directed by the course lecturer, on or before the due date. Please use the drop box placed at the entrance to School office. Distance students will receive specific instructions from their course lecturer. Marked assignments will be returned directly from the lecturer.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $761.00

International fee $3,188.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see School of Health Sciences.

All SPCO207 Occurrences

  • SPCO207-19S2 (C) Semester Two 2019
  • SPCO207-19S2 (D) Semester Two 2019 (Distance)