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Oxford Brookes hosts this collection of teaching and learning resources which are related to the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games. The majority of the resources were commissioned and developed by the HE Academy Subject Centre for Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism (HLST), at the time based at Oxford Brookes University, which was awarded funding in 2010 by JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee) for the development of Open Access and Open Educational Resources on the theme of the Olympic and Paralympic Games and their legacy.
The project’s purpose was to identify, develop as necessary, make accessible and promote resources which can support higher education programmes in engaging students in learning. The majority of the resources were published by the project, but a number have been added since the end of the project through the work of the Higher Education Academy Olympics and Paralympics Special Interest Group. Some of the resources are specifically related to the 2012 London Games; others highlight and examine more generic issues and questions associated with the Olympics and Paralympics. The resources in this collection can be viewed in several categories:
This resource guide examines the evidence for a causal relationship between sport mega-events and increased mass participation in sport. The London 2012 Games, as the first to explicitly write this intention into their objectives for the Games, provide a case study for particular analysis. The guide reviews previous literature and asks ‘where next?’ in the continuing debate of the efficacy of legacy goals for the Games. The conclusions of the resource guide are supported by a comprehensive and current bibliography.
This resource guide explores the meaning of values and ethics in the context of the Olympics and Paralympics. It considers the moral philosophical underpinnings of Olympism and examines their application and resultant issues. The annotated bibliography highlights texts which provide an introduction to Olympic Ethics, journal articles covering both broad and specific perspectives, and official Olympic and Paralympic resources relating to ethics and values.
This resource guide uses the context of the London 2012 Games to provide an overview of the recent approach of the Olympics and Paralympics to sustainability. It reports on the recent addition to Olympic values of sustainability and the environment and considers the extent to which the London Games addressed these concerns. It provides a very current and relevant bibliography in the form of books, journal articles and magazine articles.
This resource guide traces the development of Olympic sponsors in recent decades, particularly from the 1984 Los Angeles Games, and considers the changing nature of sponsors and sponsorship and the consequent issues. The resource guide presents an annotated bibliography of market research reports and IOC documents, academic journal articles and texts.
This resource guide examines the increasing importance of Olympic governance and argues that it is reflected in its visions, structures and operations as well as its relations with global political issues. In spite of this, it suggests that it is still an under-researched area. The bibliography contains a number of sources not necessarily listed in other governance related publications and presents them in three categories: academic texts; reports; and web-based resources.
This resource guide focuses on the economic impact of the 2012 Games and shows it to be a multifaceted and complex issues, with reference to the discrepancies in forecasting between ex and ante studies. A very comprehensive annotated bibliography is a list of citations to IOC papers, market research reports, government reports, academic journal articles and periodicals, supported by a brief descriptive and evaluative paragraph.
This resource guide examines the nature and policy of social legacy as a central part of the Olympic movement and presents it as a relatively modern concept. The bibliography contains a number of sources that have not necessarily appeared in other publications and lists them in three categories: academic texts; reports; and web-based resources.
Test item for Peter Jarrett's resources
An issue at the 2012 Games is LOCOG's controversial decision accept sponsorship from Dow Chemicals, and to appoint them to the TOP Partner Programme. Dow Chemicals took over the company (in 1999) which had owned the Union Carbide Chemical Plant in Bhopal in India, which was responsible for a chemical leak which killed up to 25,000 people in 1984. Although Dow deny any responsibility at the time, it is argued that they took over the liabilities of Union Carbide and a settlement of £288 million which is regarded by the Indian Government as insufficient. This case study examines another example of a dubious sponsonship agreement by the Olympic Movement.
An important factor in successful bidding for large events is a track record, and the winning of the bid for the 2012 Games, undoubtedly, contributed to London being awarded the 2017 World Athletics Championships. This case study explores the contrasting examples of London and Doha in bidding for such events.