English Football: a Social History, MOOC, 3 weeks

This is for you if... you want to find out more about the history, sociology and politics of football with a focus on Leicester City FC.

Department
Sociology

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Course description

Course description

This short course will explore the sociology and history of football, with a focus on Leicester City FC and their successful 2015/16 season.

We’ll explore the origins of football, from early clubs to professional leagues and European competition; the role of the media and formation of the Premier League; and how LCFC rose from 5,000-1 outsiders to Premier League Champions.

The University of Leicester and De Montfort University have joined forces with Leicester City Football Club to give a unique insight into the history and sociology of the sport, and the inside story of a premier league club.


Entry requirements

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements for the current range of MOOCs available from the University of Leicester. You simply need an internet connection and a computer or tablet device.

English Language Requirements

There are no specific English language requirements for our MOOCs. However, to get the most out of this course you should have a reasonable command of written English.

Fees and funding

Fees and funding

UK and EU Students

Enjoy this course for free - there are no fees for any of our MOOCs.

International Students

Enjoy this course for free - there are no fees for any of our MOOCs.

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

If this is a subject that fascinates you, why not consider some of our courses in Sociology?


Related courses

Related courses

Course structure

Week 1

Week 1

The making of modern football 1850-1970

The first week of the course explores the origins of football, from early clubs and fandom to professional leagues and national cups, using Leicester City FC as a case study.


As part of the University of Leicester’s commitment to being a leading academic institution, we regularly review and update our degrees and modules to ensure that they reflect the most up-to-date research, knowledge, ideas and teaching practices, as well as student feedback. We also have to take into account the availability of key teaching staff. If there are major changes to the course that you have applied for, we will contact you as soon as possible to ensure that any disruption to your studies is minimised.

Week 2

Week 2

The changing face of football 1970-2015

This week focuses on the increasing role of the media, rising levels of funding, European competition, and the formation of the Premier League, finishing with Leicester City FC's great escape in 2014/15.


As part of the University of Leicester’s commitment to being a leading academic institution, we regularly review and update our degrees and modules to ensure that they reflect the most up-to-date research, knowledge, ideas and teaching practices, as well as student feedback. We also have to take into account the availability of key teaching staff. If there are major changes to the course that you have applied for, we will contact you as soon as possible to ensure that any disruption to your studies is minimised.

Week 3

Week 3

The 5000:1 shot

The final week of the course explores how LCFC rose from being 5,000-1 outsiders to Premier League champions. What effect has this had on football, the city of Leicester, and internationally? And what's next for football?


As part of the University of Leicester’s commitment to being a leading academic institution, we regularly review and update our degrees and modules to ensure that they reflect the most up-to-date research, knowledge, ideas and teaching practices, as well as student feedback. We also have to take into account the availability of key teaching staff. If there are major changes to the course that you have applied for, we will contact you as soon as possible to ensure that any disruption to your studies is minimised.

Why Leicester?

As one of the longest established sociology departments in the UK we have a well-respected tradition in both teaching and research.

We are committed to academic excellence, intellectual diversity, good teaching and ensuring that the student experience provides a vital foundation for future employment.

Teaching and learning

At the end of each week of the course there is normally a set of multiple choice questions to test your understanding of what you have learned, and this will count towards your overall course score. Please note that this is a FutureLearn score, and is not valid as credit for other courses at the University of Leicester - although a MOOC is a great 'taster' for university learning.

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