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Undergraduate Course: The Imperial Game? Cricket, Culture & Society (HIST10455)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
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 cricket through a thematic examination of race, class, gender and politics.
Course description This course examines growth of cricket from the late eighteenth century to the present. Sports history offers many profound insights into the character and complexities of imperial rule. This course seeks to examine the growth and development of cricket in the 'British World'. It will look at some of the financial, social, cultural, and historical parameters influencing the game and will draw upon concepts such as globalization, identity, soft power, governance and poverty to explain and analyse the relationship between cricket, politics and society.
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.

Students should only be enrolled on this course with approval from the History Honours Programme Administrator.
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 **
High Demand Course? Yes
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 cricket;
  2. demonstrate their skills in group discussion and oral presentations;
  3. demonstrate their written skills, their analytical and theoretical skills in coursework and in the examination;
  4. arrive at independent, well-argued, well-documented and properly referenced conclusions in their coursework essay;
  5. exhibit an understanding of different conceptual approaches to the study of history.
Reading List
1. D. Birley, A Social History of Cricket (1999)

2. I. Duncan, Skirting the Boundary: A History of Women's Cricket (2013)

3. Manthia Diawara 'Englishness and Blackness: Cricket as Discourse on Colonialism', Callaloo, Vol. 13, no. 4 (Autumn, 1990), pp. 830-844

4. David Featherstone, Christopher Gair, Christian Høgsbjerg & Andrew Smith (eds.), Marxism, Colonialism & Cricket: C.L.R. James's Beyond a Boundary (2018)

5. David Frith & Gideon Haigh, Inside Story: Unlocking Australian Cricket's Archives (2007)

6. Ramchandra Guha, 'Cricket and Politics in Colonial India', Past & Present, no. 161 (Nov. 1998), pp. 155-190

7. Gideon Haigh, The Cricket War: The Inside Story of Kerry Packer's World Series Cricket (2017)

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

9. A. Odendaal, ''Neither cricketers nor ladies': Towards a history of women and cricket in South Africa, 1860-2001', International Journal of the History of Sport, Vol. 28, no. 1. (2011), pp. 115-136

10. Neil Tranter, Sport, Economy and Society in Britain 1750-1914 (1998)

11. W. Vamplew, Pay Up and Play the Game: Professional Sport in Britain, 1875-1914 (1988)

12. J. Williams, Cricket and England, A Cultural and Social History of the Interwar Years (1999)
Additional Information
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Course organiserMr David Kaufman
Tel: (0131 6)51 3857
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