Undergraduate Course: Society in an Age of 'Mass' Leisure C.1880-1939 (ECSH10005)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The course examines the uses and organisation of free time in the early twentieth century, the first point in British history when a majority of the population would enjoy regular access to organised leisure activities. The nature of these pursuits is examined to cast light on wider social and economic developments across the period.
The image of the 'mass' and the ideas associated with it provide a central theme of this part of the course. At one level, the language of the 'mass' reflects a reality of popular leisure in this period: its often collective nature. People attended sports events, music halls, cinemas and went on holiday in large and ever increasing numbers. Leisure experiences were increasingly shared, and the question must be asked how far this contributed to a growing sense of collective identity in this period. However, the image of the 'mass', as it recurs through the writing of the period, also reflects contemporary concern that increased access to leisure would threaten established cultural standards. As working-class living standards improved, money and time were devoted to amusements which did not match the priorities of moral reformers: drink remained central to working-class culture; instead of classical concerts, more people went to the Music Hall; instead of participating in team sports, most preferred to pay to watch others play. For moral reformers, it appeared that improving, rational amusements were in danger of being swamped by commercial forces. The creation of a mass market for leisure would, it was thought, inevitably lead to a fall in standards, as minority tastes lost out before the economic power wielded by the majority. Such fears were shared on both the left and right of the political spectrum. The course therefore uses the use and organisation of leisure time to examine important themes of social and economic change in the early twentieth century.
Weekly Topics List:
2: Leisure in a Changing Economy.
3: Leisure and Working-class Identity.
4: Leisure and Gender: the female perspective.
5: Leisure and Youth.
6: Essay Preparation- formative feedback on essay plans.
7: Organised Sport.
10: Leisure and National Identity.
11: Guidance on Gobbet.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||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, PTs are asked to contact the History Honours Admission Secretary to ensure that a place is available (Tel: 50 3780).
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students must have 3 History courses at grade B or above. We will only consider University/College level courses. Enrolments for this course are managed by the CAHSS Visiting Student Office, in line with the quotas allocated by the department. All enquiries to enrol must be made through the CAHSS Visiting Student Office. It is not appropriate for students to contact the department directly to request additional spaces.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, command of the body of knowledge considered in the course
- demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to read, analyse and reflect critically upon relevant scholarship
- demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to understand, evaluate and utilise a variety of primary source material
- demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, the ability to develop and sustain scholarly arguments in oral and written form, by formulating appropriate questions and utilising relevant evidence
- demonstrate independence of mind and initiative; intellectual integrity and maturity; an ability to evaluate the work of others, including peers
|1. R. McKibbin, Classes and Cultures. England, 1918-1951 (Oxford, 1998).|
2. G. Bakker, Entertainment Industrialised: The Emergence of the International Film Industry, 1890-1940 (Cambridge, 2008).
3. R.I. McKibbin, 'The "Social Psychology" of Unemployment in Inter-War Britain',
in R.I. McKibbin, The Ideologies of Class. Social Relations in Britain, 1880-1950 (Oxford, 1990), pp.228-58.
4. A. Davies and S. Fielding, eds., Workers' worlds. Culture and communities in Manchester and Salford, 1880-1939 (Manchester, 1992).
5. S. Todd, Young Women, Work and Family in England, 1918-50 (Oxford, 2005).
6. M. Tebbutt, Being Boys: Youth, Leisure and Identity in the Inter-War Years (Manchester, 2012).
7. W. Vamplew, Pay up and play the game. Professional Sport in Britain, 1875-1914 (Cambridge, 1988).
8. T. Griffiths, The Cinema and Cinema-going in Scotland, 1896-1950 (Edinburgh, 2012).
9. M. Clapson, A bit of a flutter. Popular gambling and English society, c.1823-1961 (Manchester, 1992).
10. T. Hajkowski, The BBC and National Identity in Britain, 1922-53 (Manchester, 2010).
11. R. James, Popular Culture and Working-class Taste in Britain, 1930-39: A Round of Cheap Diversions (Manchester, 2010).
12. J. Hargreaves, Sporting Females. Critical issues in the history and sociology of women's sports (1994),
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Trevor Griffiths
Tel: (0131 6)50 6897
|Course secretary||Miss Annabel Stobie
Tel: (0131 6)50 3783