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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of History, Classics and Archaeology : Scottish History

Undergraduate Course: The Scottish Revolution, 1596-1651 (SCHI10011)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaScottish History Other subject areaNone
Course website Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThe revolutionary seizure of power by the Scottish covenanters in 1638 was a pivotal moment in British history, the first in a series of events that would lead to Charles I's downfall in all his kingdoms. In Scotland as later in England, a new regime was established at the revolution, based on parliament rather than the incipient royal absolutism that had characterised the period before 1638. An enhanced state structure raised new armies and new taxes, and set out to build a fully godly society. In the process the Scottish regime suffered splits and fell into conflict with England, leading to defeat - but many of the achievements of the covenanters survived, and others would be revived in 1689-90, shaping the course of Scottish and British history for a long time to come. The roots of these dramatic events lie in the stresses of the decades before 1638, and the course begins by outlining royal policy in this period. It then surveys the period 1637-51 chronologically, and there is then a section discussing various themes in more detail. In a final review, long-term patterns in the period 1596-1690 are discussed.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements A pass or passes in 40 credits of first level historical courses or equivalent and a pass or passes in 40 credits of second level historical courses or equivalent.
Before enrolling students on this course, Personal Tutors are asked to contact the History Honours Admission Secretary to ensure that a place is available (Tel: 503783).
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have at least 3 History courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses. Applicants should note that, as with other popular courses, meeting the minimum does NOT guarantee admission.

** as numbers are limited, visiting students should contact the Visiting Student Office directly for admission to this course **
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
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Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
Through completion of this course students should not only have gained knowledge and understanding of this period of Scottish History but should have had some experience of the following skills:

Critical reading of primary and secondary sources
Completion of independent research leading to seminar presentation and submission of written work to a required standard.
Participation in group seminar work and an appreciation of the responsibility to other members of the group that such work entails.
Assessment Information
One 3000 word essay, weighted at one third of the final mark.
One two-hour exam paper, weighted at two thirds of the final mark.
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KeywordsScottish Revolution
Course organiserDr Julian Goodare
Tel: (0131 6)50 4021
Course secretaryMiss Clare Guymer
Tel: (0131 6)50 4030
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