Explore the world of football (soccer), the money, the rivalries, the trends, the past, the present, the men’s game, the women's game and the real issues. Whether you love it, hate it or try to ignore it – join us as we go behind the scenes to examine why football is more than just a game.
Football: More than a Game
Football: More than a GameThe University of Edinburgh
About this Course
Skills you will gain
- Data Analysis
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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course
Football: History, myths and power
This week considers the past, football myths and how history can help us understand football today. We will explore an extraordinary football journey not only taking in major milestones along the way, but getting a feel for how history can help us understand the present as well as the past.
The global spectacle of football
We now move on to consider the game to-day and how it has grown into a global spectacle. Is football truly a global game? This week is a little bit more conceptual because we as ask you to think about some concepts – global, local and international and how these are helpful in explaining the growth of world football. We need to know not only what countries are involved but also who (which people) are involved and where the real power in football lies?
Great football clubs, nations and matches that changed the world
It is impossible to cover every great club and rivalry. Nonetheless, in Week 3 we will look at football wealth, rivalry, community, and matches that made a difference.
The FIFA World Cup – Who are the champions of the world?
We take a look at three different competitions, the Men’s World Cup, the Women’s World Cup and the Homeless World Cup.
Football for International Development, Diplomacy and Peace
In week five we examine how football helps with international development, diplomacy and peace. We continue to advance the case for football delivering non-football outcomes. As a form of soft power football is often able to broker moments of normality within tense situations or periods of conflict. The activities associated with this week introduce you to issues of development, diplomacy, and conflict resolution. You are asked to consider whether football can act as a resource of hope. You are asked to continue thinking about football delivering Non-Football Outcomes.
Football finances, ownership and review
This final week introduces you to some issues around football finance and governance It also provides you with an opportunity to consider why you think football is more than a game.
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