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Undergraduate Course: The People's Game: A Global History of Association Football, 1860-1939 (HIST10419)

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 will introduce students to the global history of association football (or "soccer") from 1860 to the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939.
Course description This course discusses the rapid growth of popularity of association football (or "soccer") following its codification in Britain during the 1860s. Adopting a comparative approach throughout, it will consider why association football became more firmly entrenched in some continents than others, and examines the paradox by which this initially transnational phenomenon facilitated the development of national identities.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations 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, Personal Tutors are asked to contact the History Honours Admission Administrator to ensure that a place is available (Tel: 503780).
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.
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the most important issues and themes connected to the global history of association football between 1860 and 1939;
  2. demonstrate their skills in group disc ussion and oral presentations;
  3. demonstrate their written skills, their analytical and the oretical skills in coursework and in the examination;
  4. arrive at independent, well-argued, well-documented and properly referenced conclusi ons in their coursework essay;
  5. exhibit an understanding of different conceptual approaches to the study of history.
Reading List
Peter J. Beck, Scoring for Britain: International Football and International Politics, 1900-1939 (1999)

Paul Dimeo and James Mills, Soccer in South Asia. Empire, Nation and Diaspora (2004)

Richard Elliott, John Harris (eds.), Football and Migration: Perspectives, Places, Players (2007)

David Goldblatt, The Ball is Round: A Global History of Football (2007)

Adrian Harvey, Football: the First Hundred Years - the Untold Story (2005)

Tony Mason, Association Football and English Society, 1863-1915 (1980)

Andrei Markovits and Steven L. Hellerman, Offside: Soccer and American Exceptionalism (2001)

Simon Martin, Football and Fascism: The National Game under Mussolini (2004)

Bill Murray, The Old Firm: Sectarianism, Sport and Society in Scotland (1984)

Jean Williams, A Beautiful Game: International Perspectives on Women's Football (2007)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills - ability to draw valid conclusions about the past
- ability to identify, define and analyse historical problems
- ability to select and apply a variety of critical approaches to historical problems
- readiness and capacity to ask key questions and exercise rational enquiry
- openness to new ideas, methods and ways of thinking
- independence as a learner, with readiness to take responsibility for one's own learning, and commitment to continuous reflection, self-evaluation and self-improvement
- ability to make decisions on the basis of rigorous and independent thought
- ability to test, modify and strengthen one's own views through collaboration and debate
- intellectual curiosity
- ability to collaborate and to relate to others
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Julius Ruiz
Tel: (0131 6)50 3760
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