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Postgraduate Course: An Imperial Game? Cricket, Culture & Society (online) (PGHC11523)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course will explore the history of cricket from its origins to the present day and will explore this through key themes including leisure time, colonialism, race, national identity, class and gender. It will seek to use an interdisciplinary approach and to take advantage of a growing and diverse field of historiography/critical writings.
Course description This course examines the 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 Students MUST NOT also be taking The Imperial Game? Cricket, Culture & Society (HIST10455)
Other requirements Students cannot take this course if they completed The Imperial Game? Cricket, Culture and Society ( HIST10455) as an UG student.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  8
Course Start Semester 1
Course Start Date 18/09/2023
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Online Activities 22, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 174 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework:
One 4,000 word essay (80% of the overall grade)
Two discussion forum posts per week (20% of the overall grade)
Feedback Students are expected to discuss their coursework with the Course Organiser at least once prior to submission, and are encouraged to do so more often. Meetings can take place with the Course Organiser during their published office hours or by appointment. Students will also receive feedback on their coursework, and will have the opportunity to discuss that feedback further with the Course Organiser.
No Exam Information
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 discussion in various online forms;
  3. demonstrate their written skills, their analytical and theoretical skills in their coursework;
  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
Graduate Attributes and Skills Skills in research and analysis
Oral communication skills (through live seminar participation)
Written communication skills through the writing the 4,000 word essay and weekly discussion posts
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserMr David Kaufman
Tel: (0131 6)51 3857
Course secretaryMrs Lindsay Scott
Tel: (0131 6)50 9948
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