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Undergraduate Course: Society in an Age of 'Mass' Leisure C.1880-1939 (ECSH10005)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaEconomic and Social History Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course is taught through nine 1.5 hour lectures and eight 1.5 hour tutorial sessions. The course seeks to examine developments in leisure, in particular changes and continuities in the extent of free time and the manner in which it was utilised. Such changes were conditioned by broader economic, social and cultural influences. The relationship between these various forces are examined here within a British context. Covering the period from the late-nineteenth century to the outbreak of the Second World War, the course also uses leisure as a way into examining many of the forces shaping society in a period of unprecedented change. Particular attention is paid to the impact of class, age, and gender, along with distinctions based on regional and national identities. The problems posed by the creation of a 'mass' leisure market provides a major theme of the course, taking in such concerns as perceived 'hooligan' behaviour among the young and football crowds, and the incipient threat which the films of Hollywood were seen to pose to 'national' culture. Such concerns will be analysed alongside the study of more informal recreational pursuits, locating leisure firmly within the everyday culture of family and neighbourhood.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Leisure and Society in Britain C.1780-1939 (ECSH10003)
Other requirements A pass or passes in 40 credits of first level historical courses or equivalent and a pass or passes in 40 credits of second level historical courses or equivalent.
Before enrolling students on this course, Directors are asked to contact the History Honours Admission Secretary to ensure that a place is available (Tel: 503783).
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should usually have at least 3 History courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this) for entry to this course. We will only consider University/College level courses.
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2011/12 Semester 2, Available to all students (SV1) WebCT enabled:  Yes Quota:  26
Location Activity Description Weeks Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
CentralSeminar1-11 11:10 - 13:00
CentralSeminar1-11 11:10 - 13:00
First Class Week 18, Monday, 11:30 - 13:00, Zone: Central. Room 1B.09, Forrest Hill - IMPORTANT: CLASSES ON MONDAYS AND THURSDAYS, 11.30am - 1.00pm
Additional information Sessions run 11.30am-1pm, not standard University teaching period.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours:Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
- To develop students' appreciation of the diversity of sources available to historians, and to encourage a critical evaluation of their uses in promoting an understanding of the role of leisure within society.
- To promote an appreciation of many of the sources of change and continuity in British society in this period.
- To encourage a critical awareness of the theories, methodologies, and concepts utilised by historians, sociologists, and economists to explain developments in leisure patterns, and how they relate to the broader processes of economic and social change.
- To enable students to comment intelligently on, among other things, the impact of the corset on women's leisure activities and the rationality, or otherwise, of the popular gambling habit.
- Student-led seminars are intended to develop the presentation and verbal skills of participating students.
- Written assignments are intended to develop the literary skills of students and their ability to construct coherent argument and analysis.
Assessment Information
One document-based exercise and one essay of approximately 3,000 words. Assessed work to count for 25% (document based exercise 5%, essay 20%) of the final mark. One two hour degree exam to count for 75% of the final mark.
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Course organiserDr Trevor Griffiths
Tel: (0131 6)50 6897
Course secretaryMrs Caroline Cullen
Tel: (0131 6)50 3781
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