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Undergraduate Course: Football: More than a Game (LLLK07001)

Course Outline
SchoolCentre for Open Learning CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits5 ECTS Credits2.5
SummaryThe course will introduce you to the global game of football. Why it is called the people's game, how it has developed in different parts of the world and why major football events are important to different countries. It will look at some of the financial, social, cultural, and historical parameters influencing the game. It draws upon concepts such as globalization, community, identity, soft power, governance and poverty to explain and analyse football. It encourages you to reflect upon issues affecting the game, how you make sense of them, what evidence and data is available, and what some of the solutions might be.
Course description This blended learning course provides a blended mixture of face to face teaching coupled with access to online resources.

The summary description of the course provided above is typically delivered across 8 weeks with the following more detailed week by week breakdown indicative of the content:

1. Introduction to course & learning online
2. History of the 'People's Game' and why history is important?
3. The growth global football as a spectacle and the relationship between the global and the local.
4. Football places, nations, rivalries and clubs - What criteria and evidence might be used to make judgements about these?
5. The World Cup: Who are the football champions of the world and why? Evidence from the men's women's and the homeless world cups.
6. Football plus: Is football good for the building of community, international development and cultural relations?
7. Football finances, governance and supporters - evidence, trends, issues and sources of further information
8. Is football a more than a game? Discussion/preparing for final assessment.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of football's broader comparative contexts and why football is more than just a game.
  2. Present and evaluate selected arguments, information and ideas which are routinely applied within the study of football.
  3. Understand the difference between explanations of football based on evidence and/or research and other forms of explanation and of the importance of this difference.
  4. Demonstrate skills including digital literacies and oral presentation.
  5. Critically consider of the power of football to enable and support communities.
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserProf Grant Jarvie
Tel: (0131 6)51 6546
Course secretaryMs Kameliya Skerleva
Tel: (0131 6)51 1855
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