CRIM388 Sport and Crime

Updated: 23 September 2018
Credit Points 6
Offering Not offered in 2019
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites (12cp from CRIM100 or CRIM101 or CRIM104) or 24cp
Co-requisites None
Restrictions None
Notes None
Combined Units None
Coordinator(s) Helena Menih (
Unit Description

Sport has developed into a multi-billion dollar global industry, but with technological developments, new threats to the integrity of sport have emerged. This unit provides a critical introduction to the issues and debates relating to deviance and crime in the context of sport. Sport-related crime affects a wide-range of sporting codes and involves a broad range of individuals. In recent times large sporting events have been tarnished by corruption issues such as bribery, match-fixing, doping, trafficking, environmental crime; violence and other crime related scandals. The unit explores 'in-field' and 'off-field' deviant and criminal behavior in sports, and also considers sport as a means of crime prevention.

Materials Textbook information will be displayed approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the teaching period. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Case Study 35% 1500
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 2, 3, 5

Compulsory Online Quiz 1 20% 1000
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-4

Compulsory Reflective Journal 45% 3000
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-5

Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between sport and criminal/deviant behaviour in a local and global context;
  2. identify and analyse the role of sport in criminal justice system, and the role of criminal justice system in sport;
  3. critically evaluate various types of offending and victimisation in sport and the impacts on society;
  4. identify key theoretical and practical approaches to critical debates in crime and sport; and
  5. evaluate the media representations of criminal/deviant behaviour in sport and the impact of publicity on sporting organisations, their members and players.