The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


This course critically explores the pathways and impediments to making responsible personal, professional and strategic decisions in 'real-world' sporting organisations. The course draws upon leadership theories to address diverse and complex problems facing the sport industry. It examines sport leadership at the individual and organisational level, and situates it within the contemporary global context. This course emphasises leadership learning as a foundation to career development in sport.

Availability2020 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Synthesise and apply key theories of leadership as they apply to sport;

2. Demonstrate the application of leadership concepts to address critical challenges faced by sport organisations;

3. Apply principles of leadership learning to the development of a sports management career.


The topics in this course include the following:

  1. Leadership - conceptual foundations in sport
  2. Attributes of a leader in sport – myths, legends and realities
  3. Organisational sport leadership– culture, change, and complexity
  4. Leadership beyond the organisational context
  5. Leadership learning and skills
  6. Leadership development planning in sport

Assumed knowledge

LEIS1000 Leisure Behaviour and Organisation and LEIS2000 Sports Operations Management

Assessment items

In Term Test: In-class Test

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Case Study/Problem Based Learning Report

Report: Written Report

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct

Integrated Learning Session

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Students will be expected to complete 4 hours of guided learning via online preparation, lectures, interactive workshops, tutorials, discussion groups or self-directed learning and an additional 6 hours of independent study per week.