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Undergraduate Course: Sport History (SPRT08032)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education and Sport CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course will discuss the history of sport: from codification to professionalism, and situate sport in the historical Scottish, UK, and global social contexts in which it operated.
Course description The history of sport has long been established as a subject of scholarly enquiry and research in UK universities. This course provides a detailed historical analysis of sport since the late eighteenth century, situating activities in the broader social, economic, and political changes since then. It examines the evolution, diffusion, and marginalisation of certain sporting forms; the differences in the evolution of "men's" and "women's" sport; and the cultural reactions to the professionalisation and bureaucratising of sport. In doing so, this course will of course provide an overview of the history of sport; in the context of sport degree programmes, however, it sets students up with a working knowledge of history of the industry, and a foundation with which to critically understand and historicise concepts within it.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Students who have completed SPRT08017 Sport and Society 1 cannot take SPRT08032 Sport History.
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  0
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 22, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 5, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 167 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% coursework«br /»
2500 word essay
Feedback Students will meet up with lecturer beforehand to discuss topics to receive continuous feedback, and assignment will be discussed as a group before submission. Students will be given group and individual feedback/feedforward afterwards, and will be offered the opportunity of having individual appointments with the lecturer.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an awareness of the history of sport
  2. Demonstrate an ability to identify and analyse key developments and innovations in the history of sport
  3. Demonstrate an ability to succinctly discuss research in the history of sport
  4. Demonstrate an understanding that sport's institutions, language, values, and knowledge were formed and interpreted (and continue to be formed and reinterpreted) in specific social, cultural, economic, and political circumstances
Reading List
These are general texts for the course. Additional readings will be used for seminars.
Collins, T (2013) Sport in a Capitalist Society: A Short History. Abingdon: Routledge
Holt, R (1989) Sport and the British. Oxford: Clarendon
Huggins, M (2004) The Victorians and Sport. London: Hambledon and London
Macdonald, C (2011) Strong, Beautiful, and Modern: National Fitness in Britain, New Zealand, Australia, and Canada. Vancouver: UBC Press
Macrae, EHR (2016) Exercise in the female life-cycle in Britain, 1930-1970. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
Skillen, F (2013) Women and Sport in Interwar Britain. Oxford: Peter Lang
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Research and enquiry: knowledge of the history of sport and how history has moulded sport, critical analysis, processing and interpreting material
Personal and Intellectual Autonomy: independent study, the ability to use history as a means of speaking truth to power within the sport industry
Communication: written communication.
KeywordsHistory,Sport,critical analysis
Course organiserDr Matthew McDowell
Tel: (0131 6)51 6598
Course secretaryMiss Rosie Roberts
Tel: (0131 6)516 210
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