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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 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 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.

Content note: This course will expose students to a considerable variety of approaches in the field of the history of football. Students taking the course need to be prepared to engage with historical actors on their own terms and grapple with ideas and movements with which they may personally disagree. Engaging with a diverse range of viewpoints is integral to the study of History at a university. Seminars on the course often range widely, and discussion will proceed in a free and spontaneous fashion.
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 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? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  0
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 172 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 40 %, Coursework 40 %, Practical Exam 20 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework:
3000 word essay (40%)

Non-Written Skills:
Discussion forum (20%)

Two hour exam (40%)
Feedback Students will receive written feedback on their written coursework, and will have the opportunity to discuss that feedback further with the Course Organiser during their published office hours or by appointment. The Course Organiser will also provide written feedback on the practical-based assessment as well as providing comment during the seminars.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate command of the body of knowledge considered in the course;
  2. demonstrate their skills in group discussion;
  3. demonstrate their written skills, their analytical and theoretical skills in coursework;
  4. demonstrate the ability to develop and sustain scholarly arguments in oral and written form, by formulating appropriate questions and utilising relevant evidence;
  5. demonstrate independence of mind and initiative; intellectual integrity and maturity; an ability to evaluate the work of others, including peers.
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
Course secretaryMiss Mel Baker
Tel: (0131 6)50 4030
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