International Sports & Cultural Politics
level of course unit
second cycle, Master
Learning outcomes of course unit
The students are able to explain, interpret and discuss the evolution, structure and effects of sports and cultural policy in comparative and international perspective. They are able to explain the most important legal and institutional foundations in sports and cultural policy. They are able to explain the central forms and differences of national sports and cultural political structures and ideologies and to reflect them critically as well as to reflect upon the institutional and socio-political contexts of European and international sports and cultural policy.
prerequisites and co-requisites
Legal and institutional framework of sports and cultural policy and politics in comparative and international perspective, taking examples from the European Union, the USA and aspects of multilateral international policies. Furthermore, examples from African and Asian sports and cultural policy will provide a comparative perspective on the field. Key players and decision making strategies will be introduced, new tendencies discussed and the critical discourse will be enforced.
recommended or required reading
Anheier, H. (2012). Cultures and Globalization: Cities, Cultural Policy and Globalization and Governance, Thousand Oaks et al.: Sage.
Bairner, A. & Molnar, G. (2012). (eds.). The Politics of the Olympics: A Survey.
Henry, I. & Ko, L.-M. (2014). (eds.). Routledge Handbook of Sport Policy. London: Routledge.
Houlihan, B. (2014). The Government and Politics of Sport. London: Routledge.
Madden, C. (2009). The Independence of Government Arts Funding: A Review. D'Art Topics in Arts Policy, No. 9, International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies, Sydney.
O’Brien, D. (2013). Cultural Policy: Management, Value and Modernity in the Creative Industries. London: Routledge.
O’Boyle, I. & Bradbury, T. (2013). (eds.). Sport Governance: International Case Studies. London: Routledge.
Palmer, C. (2012). Global Sport Policy. Thousand Oaks: Sage.
Riccardi, V. (2014). Enabling Cross Overs. Good Practices in the Creative Industries. Singapore: Asia-Europe Foundation.
Journals (online via FH-Library):
- Cultural Politics. Resources of critical analysis
- International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics
assessment methods and criteria
language of instruction
number of ECTS credits allocated
planned learning activities and teaching methods
integrated course, case studies, discussion, group work
semester/trimester when the course unit is delivered
name of lecturer(s)
Neil Peterson; Nicholas Pye, PhD
year of study
2nd year of study
recommended optional program components
course unit code
type of course unit
compulsory (integrated lecture)
mode of delivery