Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Intended for use in future years
Mutually Exclusive
Mutually Exclusive

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 18 x 1 hour lectures
Seminars / Tutorials 10 x 1 hour seminars


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 2 x 2,500 word essays  40%
Semester Exam 3 Hours   60%

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to:
a. critically assess the corpus of historical evidence relating to leisure and popular culture
b. understand the historical issues surrounding the study of leisure and the working class
c. understand various historical approaches to the subject
d. place the experience of Wales within a British and European context
e. read, understand and evaluate primary evidence
f. develop and sustain historical argument
g. find and use historical sources
h. work independently and in collaboration with others, and to take part in group discussions

Brief description

The module will begin by tracing the rise of leisure during the second half of the Victorian period, and will examine the growth of seaside and other holiday resorts. Various forms of working-class recreation will be considered, including pubs, music and sport. The module will also consider the response of the middle class and the authorities to new recreational forms, and attempts to provide more `rational? and moral recreation through public parks and libraries. The course will trace the development of recreation and popular culture into the early twentieth century, examining in particular the rise of the cinema, and the relationship between sport and national identity. The course will place the unique experience of Wales within a British and European context.


This module is at CQFW Level 6