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Unit information: Sporting Identities (Level I Lecture Response) in 2016/17

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Unit name Sporting Identities (Level I Lecture Response)
Unit code HIST20091
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Andy Flack
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of History (Historical Studies)
Faculty Faculty of Arts


This lecture response unit deals with the relationship between sport and identity in the modern world, with a particular focus on Britain since 1870. The unit draws on the rich literature on the history of sport to chart the ways in which sport and identity have intersected since the late nineteenth century. By tracing the emergence of professional sport, and developments in participation and spectatorship over the twentieth century, the unit investigates how national, local, class and gender identities are expressed in, and bolstered, by sport. Rooted in the lively body of writing on sport, the unit also offers an introduction to many key concepts in social and cultural history.

Intended learning outcomes

  • To provide a broad grounding in the history of Sporting Identities.
  • To provide a particular perspective from the tutor to which students can react critically and build their own individual views and interpretations.

Teaching details

Teaching Weekly 2-hour interactive lecture sessions

Tutorial feedback on essay

Access to tutorial consultation with unit tutor in consultation hours

Assessment Details

1 x 3000 word essay (50%) and 1 x 2 hour exam (50%)

Reading and References

  • P. Bailey, Leisure and class in Victorian England (1978)
  • P.J. Beck, Scoring for Britain. International football and international politics, 1900-1939 (London, 1999)
  • D. Birley, Sport and the making of Britain (1993)
  • M. Cronin & D. Mayall (eds.), Sporting nationalisms: Identity, ethnicity, immigration and assimilation (London 1998)
  • N. Elias & E. Dunning, The quest for excitement (1986)
  • N. Fishwick, English football and society, 1910-1950 (Manchester 1989)