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Undergraduate Course: Scotland and the Idea of Britain, 1651-1763 (SCHI10067)

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 descriptionThe object of the course is to encourage its students to interrogate the origins of the concept of 'Britain' as a political and economic entity, a process that arguably established what became the British empire in later centuries.
Students will be encouraged to reflect critically on the relationship of the Treaty of Union of 1707 to the periods of Scottish history that both preceded and followed it, both of which were 'British'. As the course relates to the course organiser's commissioned volume for the 'New' (originally published in the 1980s) History of Scotland, an important objective is to encourage students to reflect on how works of history are researched, written and published, and to reflect also on the critical dynamic central to historical scholarship founded on the use of external review before and after publication. Their own contributions to the work of the course will mirror this process through assessment of seminar presentations as well as feedback on course presentations and essay as well as, it is hoped, feedback from the course organiser on exam performance. Students will also be encouraged to include reflections on their experience of the course and its content in the feedback they in turn will be encouraged to submit after the taught element of the course has been completed.
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 0
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?No
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 60 %, Coursework 20 %, Practical Exam 20 %
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
After successful completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate in assessed work:

1) An ability to think critically about early modern constructions of both Britain as an idea, and 'Scotland' as a kingdom that became assimilated into a new United Kingdom of Great Britain in 1707.

2) An ability to present critical and reflective ideas on historical issues relevant to the course both in a dynamic and interactive seminar environment and in writing in essay form. Assessment of presentations is intended to emphasise the significance of this learning outcome in the aims of the course.

3) Comprehension of the relationship of current historiography to the most important primary sources upon which the historiography for this period of British and Scottish History has been constructed.

4) Comprehension of the different perspectives of cultural, economic and political history in relation to the content of the course.
Assessment Information
Degree Examinatin 60%
Essay 20%
Presentation 20%
The word length of the essay for the course is 3000-3100 words. There will be a single assessed presentation weighted at 20% of the final mark for the course. The course organiser┐s assessment will be based on criteria published in the course document and weighted at 50% of the mark for the presentation. The other 50% of the mark for the presentation will be based on text prepared by the student for their presentation in accordance with guidelines published in the course document. Students┐ text for their presentation and the course organiser┐s assessment feedback will be made available to the external examiner responsible for the course along with the coursework essay and exam scripts.
Assessment will be altered from this structure if a Learning Adjustment Schedule is received from the School Coordinator of Adjustments that indicates that this would be appropriate, and implemented in accordance with their guidance.
Special Arrangements
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus 1. Introduction
2. Late Seventeenth Century Scotland
3. Scotland and Europe 1651-1763
4. The Cromwellian Union 1651-1660
5. The Scottish economy 1651-1707
6. The Scottish economy 1707-1763
7. Restoration Scotland 1660-1688
8. Revolution and Union 168801727
9. The transformation of Jacobitism 1688-1763
10. The limits of the union 1745-1763
11. Plenary seminar
Transferable skills 1) The ability to present ideas verbally to peers and assessors and to respond constructively to comments received as feedback both verbally and in writing (assessed in terms of verbal presentation through seminar contribution and in terms of written expression through coursework essay and the degree exam).

2) The ability to express ideas clearly and concisely in text (assessed through the coursework essay and the degree exam).

3) The ability to respond constructively to the ideas of others as a critic of their work (assessed through seminar contribution as response to comments will form part of the course organiser's assessment).

4) The ability to prioritise commitments so that academic obligations are met effectively in their programme of study (assessed through seminar presentations and coursework submission).

Reading list Not entered
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern The course will be organised as a seminar with some introductory lectures, reflecting the eight projected chapters for the book plus introductory and concluding seminars, and an additional seminar on economic history in recognition of the comments made by readers of the book proposal on which the course is based that this has been neglected in previous work on the period. If maximum numbers are enrolled on the course, additional teaching strategies will be employed to ensure that students have the opportunity to interact with each other as well as the course organiser, such as dividing seminars into smaller groups for part of the two hours in which the course will meet.
KeywordsScotland and Britain
Course organiserDr Alexander Murdoch
Tel: (0131 6)50 4033
Course secretaryMiss Clare Guymer
Tel: (0131 6)50 4030
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