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Undergraduate Course: Leisure and the Rise of Industrial Society in Britain C.1780-1880 (ECSH10004)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis 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, in a period of industrialisation. The relationship between such changes and the broader economic, social and cultural context is examined here within a British context. Covering the period from the onset of industrialisation to the later nineteenth century, 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. Here, these themes are examined in the context of the transition from an outwardly 'traditional' recreational calendar, marked by local diversity and informed by notions of 'custom', to a recognisably 'modern' leisure culture, in which events which were more national in scope and more regular, both in terms of the frequency with which they took place and the order by which they were conducted, bounded by formal sets of rules.
Course description Not entered
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).
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have at least 3 History courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses. Applicants should note that, as with other popular courses, meeting the minimum does NOT guarantee admission.

** as numbers are limited, visiting students should contact the Visiting Student Office directly for admission to this course **
Course Delivery Information
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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 particular appeal of Blackpool as a holiday destination and the enduring role of alcohol in popular recreational culture.
- 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.
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information Sessions run 11.30am - 1 pm, not standard University teaching period
KeywordsLeisure and the Rise
Course organiserDr Trevor Griffiths
Tel: (0131 6)50 6897
Course secretaryMrs Caroline Cullen
Tel: (0131 6)50 3781
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