SPT5700EN - International Sport Management

Course description

This course introduces students to the key concepts of managing sport organizations with a particular emphasis on the ways Christ-followers can serve as effective leaders in the industry. Through assigned readings, targeted course assignments, and evaluative case studies the instructor introduces relevant fundamental topics including sport marketing, sport consumer behavior, sport communication, sport facility and event management, sport finance, and sport law and broadens student understanding through critical study of international, cultural, ethical, legal, and sociological perspectives. This course provides a foundational overview to help students examine current management issues including how the field of sport management coincides with law, sociology, globalization, and research, in addition to exploring future career opportunities in the field.

How this course benefits students

This course examines the leadership skills and ethical decision-making principles that are essential to believers called to work in the field of sport management. Students utilize case studies to critically evaluate major challenges in various segments of the sports industry and to gain a practical understanding and application of course material. As students explore the various aspects of sport management, they are better equipped to discover their specific place of service.

Why this course is important

Many outreach opportunities exist through sport and recreation creating a unique context for Christian professionals to engage with the community. Students explore the fundamental concepts of sport management, learn how to leverage the power of effective business management skills, and to recognize the many ministry opportunities available within the context of sport.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Sports Management
Educational level
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.
Dr. Tracy Yoder, Professor of International Sports Management

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

In this course students learn how to integrate Christian faith-based perspectives as a business management professional and explore the concepts of authentic leadership through a review of Biblical leaders.

Missionally driven

Students reflect on how their role as sport managers can create a common ground offering limitless possibilities to develop relationships through which the Gospel can be shared. Students learn how to utilize sport events, camps, tournaments, or leagues to impact local communities, individuals, and cultures.

Contextually informed

In this course students learn how sport and recreation communities exist within their own mix and complexities of racial, cultural, ethnic, political and geographical factors. Students identify and understand the unique context of sport and recreation and how to effectively manage sport organizations given these differences.

Interculturally focused

Sports and recreation are enjoyed worldwide but it is important to understand the impact of the national, religious, and ethnic contexts within each sport organization and how to manage sport in a way that recognizes, appreciates, and adjusts to the diversity of the field.

Practically minded

Students learn how to use ethical decision-making and leadership skills based on Biblical principles to effectively organize and manage sport organizations. In this course, students identify the best practices of sports management, learn how to apply course material to real-life scenarios through evaluative case studies, and become a member of the profession who have a positive influence on how sport is managed in the future.

Experientially transformed

Students analyze case studies in sport to synthesize course material, to interact with course content, and to provide an opportunity for practical application of theory and knowledge.