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Undergraduate Course: Scottish Politics since 1906 (SCHI10064)

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 None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionTo present an overview of Scottish politics from 1906, encompassing a period in which the nineteenth century pattern of Liberal domination was broken down in the 1920s by the strength of Unionism and the rise of Labour.
To counter a tendency to see Scottish politics in this period as marching along a 'road to devolution'. This will be pursued by analysis of a wide range of political issues: the economy, housing, land as well as the constitutional question.
To expose students to historiographical debates on key questions.
To expose students to clearly defined primary source materials. The Scotsman Digital Archive and the digital availability of official material will be important in the course, but students will also be encouraged to make use of 'traditional' primary material in the NLS and the NAS.
To develop and test students' critical skills, intellectual independence and self-direction in line with honours-level expectations.
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 usually have at least 3 History courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this) for entry to this course. We will only consider University/College level courses.
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 2, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  24
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 13/01/2014
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 172 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 67 %, Coursework 33 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the course it is intended that students will be able to:
- demonstrate, by way of essay and examination, command of the body of historical knowledge considered in the course;
- demonstrate, by way of essay and examination, the ability to develop and sustain historical arguments, formulating appropriate questions and utilising evidence;
- demonstrate, by way of essay and examination, an ability to read, analyse and reflect critically and contextually upon texts relating to modern Scottish political history;
- demonstrate, by way of essay and examination, an ability to read, analyse and reflect critically and contextually upon relevant scholarship;
- demonstrate, by way of essay and examination, an appreciation of the complexity of the past and the problematic and varied nature of historical evidence;
- demonstrate the following transferable skills: self-discipline; self-direction; independence of mind and initiative; ability to work with others and to respect their views; ability to gather, organise and deploy evidence and information relevant to a posed problem; critical consideration of evidence in order to arrive at sound conclusions solving complex problems; evaluating the work of others, including peers; structure, coherence, clarity and fluency of oral and written expression; independent management of personal timetable, workload and other priorities in order to meet established deadlines; intellectual integrity and maturity.
Assessment Information
Students will submit an individual essay of 3000 words and sit a two-hour Degree Examination that may require comment on extracts from primary texts. The final mark will be composed of the essay mark, weighted at one-third of the final mark, and the exam mark, weighted at two-thirds of the final mark.
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Transferable skills Not entered
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Study Abroad Not entered
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KeywordsScottish Politics
Course organiserDr Gordon Pentland
Tel: (0131 6)50 8354
Course secretaryMiss Clare Guymer
Tel: (0131 6)50 4030
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