BTX3650 - Sports law - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.


Business and Economics

Organisational Unit

Department of Business Law and Taxation


Mr Matt Nichol

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)


Students will examine the role of law and regulation in the context of sport and policy. Topics include the regulation of labour, unions and collective bargaining, performance enhancing drugs and negligence in sport.


The learning objectives associated with this unit are to:

  1. identify the key forms of legal and non-legal regulation in elite sport
  2. evaluate the role of internal and external regulation and regulatory actors in elite sport
  3. understand how legislation and common law regulates sports leagues, governing bodies in sport and the labour of athletes
  4. map the legal and non-legal regulation of major professional sports reviewed in the unit
  5. identify and describe contemporary legal issues in elite sport.


Within semester assessment: 60% + Examination: 40%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. The unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Chief examiner(s)


BTB1010 or BTP1010 or BTC1110 or BTG1200 or BTW1200