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Undergraduate Course: Social History of Sport in Scotland (SPRT10019)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe social history of sport has long since been established as a subject of scholarly enquiry and research in UK universities, within the Institute's programme. This module provides for a detailed social historical analysis of sports since the late eighteenth century, setting activities in the context of the broader social and economic changes in Scottish society. It examines the evolution, diffusion and marginalisation of forms of sport in Scotland. Case studies will include the development and codification of golf, and the Empire and Commonwealth Games. The objective of the module is to develop a deeper knowledge and understanding of the place of sport in Scottish, British and European social history.
Course description 1) Sports history and its sources
2) Industry, urbanisation and the reconfiguration of time
3) Sport and Empire: the export of British class and culture
4) Sport and modernity: the twentieth century
5) Gender and sport: medical ideas and social expectations
6) Sport, Scottishness and plural identities
7) Rules in modern sport: the example of golf
8) Scotland and the Empire and Commonwealth Games

Indicative content:
An overview of the social history of sport
The social and economic development of sport
Class relations in sport
Social history case studies of specific sports
Sport in the making of the nation
Gender relations in sport
Sport in the making of culture
The contribution of aspects of sport to the Scottish economy
Historical method and guide to relevant sporting manuscripts
Sport on the internet: researching historical material

Lectures, seminars, case studies, supported self-study, individual and group discussion on specific topics.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV2) Quota:  0
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 144, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 52 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 50 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) *10-15 minute presentation on some aspects of the social history of sport, c. 1800-1980 (50%)
Learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, and 4

*Final exam (50%)
Learning outcomes 1 and 4
Feedback Not entered
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an awareness of sport in social history.
  2. Discuss and analyse case studies within the history of sport.
  3. Identify and evaluate appropriate archival material for researching the social history of sport.
  4. Demonstrate awareness of the current research development.s in the social history of sport
Reading List
Seminars will feature will required readings, usually from peer-reviewed journal articles. Other relevant texts include the following:

Collins, T. (1998) Rugby¿s Great Split: Class, Culture and the Origins of Rugby League Football. London. Frank Cass

Harvey, A. (2004) The Beginnings of a Commercial Sporting Culture in Britain, 1793-1850. Aldershot, Ashgate

Hill, J. (2002) Sport, Leisure and Culture in Twentieth Century Britain. London: Palgrave

Holt, R. (1989) Sport and the British: A Modern History. Oxford: Clarendon.

Huggins, M. (2004) The Victorians and Sport. London: Hambledon and London

Jarvie, G. and Walker, G. (eds) (1994) Scottish Sport in the Making of the Nation: Ninety Minute Patriots? Leicester: Leicester University Press

Jeffreys, K. (2012) Sport and Politics in Modern Britain: The Road to 2012. London: Palgrave Macmillan

Langhammer, C. (2000) Women¿s Leisure in England, 1920-1960. Manchester: Manchester University Press

McCrone, K. (1988) Sport and the Physical Emancipation of English Women 1870-1914. London: Routledge.

Macdonald, C. (2011) Strong, Beautiful and Modern: National Fitness in Britain, New Zealand, Australia and Canada, 1935-1960. Vancouver: UBC Press

McDowell, M.L. (2013) A Cultural History of Association Football in Scotland, 1865-1902. Lampeter: Edwin Mellen

Mangan, J.A. (1981) Athleticism in the Victorian and Edwardian public school: the emergence and consolidation of an educational ideology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Polley, M. (1998) Moving the Goalposts: A History of Sport and Society in Britain since 1945. Abingdon: Routledge

Skillen, F. (2013) Women and Sport in Interwar Britain. Oxford: Peter Lang

Taylor. M. (2008) The Association Game: A History of British Football. Harlow: Pearson Longman

Tranter, N. (1998) Sport, Economy and Society in Britain, 1750-1914. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Vamplew, W. (1988) Pay Up and Play the Game: Professional Sport in Britain, 1875-1914. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsScottish sport history
Course organiserDr Matthew McDowell
Tel: (0131 6)51 6598
Course secretaryMrs Stephanie Scullion
Tel: (0131 6)651 6381
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