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Sports Law (LLB209)

Organisational Unit Law and Criminology
Credit Points 3
Description This unit considers the law as it relates to sport in Australia and several areas of international interest. It provides an overview of numerous legal issues related to the sports industry such as: issues concerning doping; whom does a team doctor owe their duty of care; when can athletes be criminally charged for violent acts; do sporting disciplinary tribunals function legally; how should a sporting organisation deal with claims of discrimination; and when is a referee legally liable in tort.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. Appreciate and prevent the occurrence of the legal dangers likely to face sporting organisations and athletes;
2. Draw practical links between the sports law content and other areas of law;
3. Assess and discuss critically the central problems and controversial issues in the area of sports law and policy;
4. Use journal articles as sources of information and research.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lecture: 24 hours (intensively taught over four days)
Unit Learning Experiences The main mode of instruction for this unit is orthodox lectures by the unit co-ordinator, interspersed with
mini-lectures by a number of guest speakers from the sporting world.
In addition to orthodox lectures, the unit will include a number of hypotheticals, where students will be
required to respond to legal issues and conundrums within a sporting context. Students will also engage in group activities centred on contract negotiations and disciplinary hearings.
Assessment An essay and an exam.
Prerequisites Successful completion of all Part I units in the LLB
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Law (LLB); (LLB(Hons)) [New in 2014]
Law + Arts [Combined] (LLB)+(BA)
Law + Business [Combined] (LLB)+(BBus)
Law + Commerce [Combined] (LLB)+(BCom)
Law + Communication [Combined] (LLB)+(BCommun)
Law + Criminology [Combined] (LLB)+(BCrim) [New in 2018]
Law + Global Security [Combined] (LLB)+(BGS) [New in 2019]
Law + Psychology [Combined] (LLB)+(BA) [New in 2018]
Law + Psychology [Combined] (LLB)+(BSc)
Law + Science [Combined] (LLB)+(BSc) [New in 2014]
Law - Graduate Entry (LLB) [New in 2017]
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Professor Jurgen Brohmer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6353
e: J.Brohmer@murdoch.edu.au
o: 460.2.006 - Building 460, Murdoch Campus
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