Sport and Sustainability

SPO30004 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 24 Hours face to face + blended + Swinburne Online

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

2024 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

29 Jul 24 - 27 Oct 24

3 Dec 24

Last self enrolment:
11 Aug 24

31 Aug 24

Last withdraw without fail:
13 Sep 24


100 credit points

Aims and objectives

This unit introduces students to the important intersection between sport and sustainability. Using The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO’s) Kazan Action Plan as a framework, students will understand the importance of sport in contributing to 10 of the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) globally. The work of a variety of different global organisations using sport to contribute to the SDGs will also be outlined. Students will also learn about sports’ reliance on a healthy environment and how climate change may challenge this relationship in the future.
Unit Learning Outcomes (ULO)
Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
1. Analyse the direct and indirect connections between sport, social change and social impact 
2. Propose innovative business solutions to address social problems related to sustainability including global and local Indigenous peoples as partners and their concepts as a basis for sport business solutions
3. Work collaboratively in teams to share, innovate and co-create sustainable business solutions with positive social impact.
4. Reflect on the role of individuals and groups as participants, collaborators and enablers in business sustainability, social change and social impact