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Course Overview

The Erasmus Mundus MA in Sports Ethics and Integrity is a world-first innovation for sports administration and governance.

You will become part of a new generation of postgraduate experts selected from around the world to enhance sport federations with expertise in ethics and integrity.

Over the course you will be equipped with the skills and knowledge required for high-level careers in sports administration and governance, with a focus on ethical sports, integrity and compliance.

With the sporting world increasingly facing ethical problems - from corruption and match-fixing to child protection, doping and illegal betting - this could be one of the few chances to meaningfully respond.

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Course Structure

Semester 1 is spent at KU Leuven, Belgium.  After an introductory module on the academic discourses of sport ethics and integrity, the main focus of Semester 1 is the multidisciplinary understanding of sport ethical issues ranging across safe sport, child protection, disability and Paralympic sport, racism, ethnicity and inclusion in sports, and the moral psychology of sport.

Semester 2  at Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic, focuses on a philosophical understanding of the experience of sport as a social practice in terms of values and norms, embodiment and e-sports, and with particular focus on justice in sport, theories of fair play, and educational applications.

During both Semesters, staff from Swansea University are ‘flying faculty’, visiting both Leuven and Prague to deliver two modules: one on the nature of sports ethics, ethical theory, and sports practice, and the other dedicated to the ethics of anti doping policy.

Semester 2 ends with the Year 1 Summer School hosted by the University of Peloponnese at the International Olympic Academy in Ancient Olympia, Greece. The summer school comprises a module in Research Methods, linked to a networking forum for Year 1 and Year 2 students, and a dissertation “supermarket” where students and supervisors have the opportunity to discuss potential Master thesis topics.

Semester 3 takes place at University Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain, and Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany, and is concerned with organisational issues of sports ethics and integrity The focus is on legal and economic/managerial aspects (UPF) and instruments for the good governance of sport (JGU). Students also commence their thesis studies in this semester.

Semester 4 is largely devoted to the MA thesis, for which students are hosted by consortium partners in relation to their subject specialism.  The final module in Olympic Studies is delivered by the University of the Peloponnese, after which students attend the second Summer School at the IOA and defend their thesis before MAiSI staff and students.

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