The following guidelines are designed to assist you to complete your government (public)-sport policy
This assessment is designed to engage you in a comparative analysis of a range of government
(public) policies for sport in Australia, so that you develop a critical understanding of the ways in
which such policies are developed and implemented.
This assessment is an individual student task (it is not done in groups).
Your written analysis is worth 50% of your total assessment.
Total marks = 50 (Content [45 marks] + Presentation [5 marks]).
DUE DATE & HOW TO SUBMIT:
Your policy analysis is due Friday June 3
It will be submitted by uploading your analysis through the link at the bottom of the LMS page.
You are required to individually complete 1 x 2,500-word written report (your cover page and
reference list are excluded from your word count).
As you are addressing seven policy problems, each one should be covered in approximately 300 words
(i.e. 7 policy problems x 300 words each = approx. 2,100 words)
This leaves approximately 400 words for your synthesis statement (conclusion).
To assist your analysis, use chapters from the key texts for this subject (downloadable from the LMS):
o Stewart, B., Nicholson, M., Smith, A. & Westerbeek, H. (2004). Australian sport: Better by
design? The evolution of Australian sport policy. London, UK.
o Nicholson, M., Hoye, R., & Houlihan, B. (2010). Participation in sport: International policy
perspectives. Oxford, UK: Routledge.
Other weekly readings available for each problem on the LMS;
The lecture for each of the policy problems;
Any additional materials that are clearly relevant to each policy problem that you can discover
yourself (e.g. Websites of sport organisations, journal articles, government reports, etc.)
You are required to prepare a comparative analysis of government (public) sport policy (not
organisational policy) that addresses the seven policy areas identified
in Weeks 6 to 12 of the Subject Guide.
These seven policy areas are:
(1) Elite sport & Sport Pathways (Week 6);
(2) Sport Participation & Junior Sport (Week 7);
(3) Sport Betting (Week 8);
(4) Sport Broadcasting (Week 9);
(5) Drugs in Sport (Week 10);
(6) Stadia & Events (Week 11);
(7) Harassment & Discrimination (Week 12).
You are required to focus on one stage of the “6-stage policy process
model” outlined in Chapter 2 (p. 28) of the Stewart et al. (2004) text.
That is, Stage 4 (“Policy implementation”). In other words, the implementation of policy is the lens
through which you are looking at a range of sport policy problems.
This requires you to have a detailed knowledge of all seven govt