Cardiff’s Sporting History
Level 1 (CQFW Level 4), 10 Credits.
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This course provides an introduction to sports history, focusing on the Cardiff region and outlining how leisure and recreational activities – both amateur and professional – have developed in the Welsh capital. The course will appeal to those with an interest in local history, or those with an interest in sport, and will enable students to fully appreciate Cardiff’s rich and proud sporting heritage. The course will also provide opportunities for students to undertake their own research on a sporting topic or theme of their choice.
The course provides a theoretical framework for the development of sport in Cardiff during the 19th and 20th centuries, besides placing these developments in terms of the city’s changing society and economic base. Wider changes throughout Wales, and the sporting world in general are also considered, as well as the key dates, places and personalities.
The session on 28 October will be held in the Museum of Welsh Cricket and the course fee includes a tour of Glamorgan Cricket Stadium.
- Week 1 Sport in Cardiff – an historic timeline.
- Week 2 Data sources for Sports History.
- Week 3 Why, Who and When? An analysis of the participants and providers from the 19th century.
- Week 4 Venues for sport – a study of Cardiff’s sporting places.
- Week 5 Commercialisation and Globalisation – the changing socio-economic environment of sport in the 20th century.
- Week 6 The city’s sporting stadia.
- Week 7 Sport of the team level – the fortunes of the city’s amateur and professional teams.
- Week 8 Sport at the individual level – profiles of Cardiff’s great sportsmen and women.
- Week 9 1905 and all that – the pivotal years in Cardiff’s sporting history.
- Week 10 Sport Cardiff – the role of public and private organisations in the formalisation of sport.
Who is this course for?
Anyone with an interest in the topic. No previous knowledge is assumed.
Learning and Teaching
This module is taught in 10, two-hour sessions, delivered on a weekly basis.
Tutor-led sessions: these introduce the basic information to the students, and will form the bulk of provision. Hence there will be basic seminar-style sessions with tutor leading with talk and PowerPoint presentations during the first part of the session as basis for group discussion and questions and answers in the second part.
Students will be invited to read up on relevant topics for homework including specific passages.
Students will be issued with handouts and a reading list, allowing them to read up on relevant topics, as well as allowing them to develop their own interests and identify the key questions which they need to answer in their assessment project.
Off-site visit – the course has been designed to include an opportunity for the students to visit one of the city’s sporting stadia where they can see at first-hand some of the themes and topics which have been covered in the course.
Plenary/presentation sessions – there will be a session towards the end of the course where the students can present the key findings of their research, and to discuss key ideas with their peers and their tutor.
Coursework and Assessment
To award credits we need to have evidence of the knowledge and skills you have gained or improved. Some of this has to be in a form that can be shown to external examiners so that we can be absolutely sure that standards are met across all courses and subjects.
The most important element of assessment is that it should enhance your learning. Our methods are designed to increase your confidence and we try very hard to devise ways of assessing you that are enjoyable and suitable for adults with busy lives.
You will not have a formal examination but you will be asked to produce some written work:
Questionnaire (10%): a series of short questions which ascertain your interests in sport, in local history, in Cardiff as a city, and your motivation for taking the course.
Research proposal (30%): a 100 word synopsis, plus a 400 word review of literature and critique of possible data sources on your chosen theme or topic for the report.
Written report (60%): a 1000-word report on your chosen theme or topic.
- Hignell, A and Prescott, G.(eds), Cardiff Sporting Greats , Stroud: Tempus Publishing, 2007.
- Hignell, A., From Sophia to SWALEC: A History of Cricket in Cardiff, Stroud: The History Press, 2009
- Holt, R., Sport and the British – A Modern History, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1989.
- Johnes M., Soccer and Society: South Wales 1900-1939, Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2002.
- Mason, T., Sport in Britain: A Social History, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989
- Prescott G., “This rugby spellbound people” Rugby football in Nineteenth-century Cardiff and South Wales, Cardiff: Welsh Academic Press, 2011.
- Birley, D., Sport and the Making of Britain, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1993.
- Brailsford, D., British Sport: a social history, Cambridge: Lutterworth Press, 1992
- Davies, P. and Light, R., Cricket and community in England. 1800 to the present day, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2012.
- Hignell, A., Cricket in Wales: An illustrated History, Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2008.
- Holt, R. and Mason, T., Sport in Britain: 1945-2000, London, Wiley, 2000.
- Houlihan, B., Sport and Society: A Student Introduction. London: Sage, 2008.
- Leeworthy, D., Fields of Play: the Sporting Heritage of Wales. Cardiff: Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historic Monuments of Wales, 2012
- Parry-Jones, D. (ed), Taff’s Acre: A History and Celebration of Cardiff Arms Park. London, Collins Willow, 1984.
- Williams, G., 1905 and All That, Llandyssul: Gomer Press, 1991.
Library and Computing Facilities
As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University library and computing facilities. You can find out more about these facilities on our website www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn under Student Information, or by ringing the Centre on
(029) 2087 0000.
Accessibility of Courses
Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and Dyslexia screening. Please contact the Centre on (029) 2087 0000 for an information leaflet.
A range of further information can be found on our web site www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn or in Choices. This includes the times and dates of courses and an explanation of accreditation and credit levels.