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Undergraduate Course: Scotland and America 1603-1914 (SCHI10071)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) Credits40
Home subject areaScottish History Other subject areaHistory
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis 40 credit course reflects the course organisers's research for his book published with
Plagrave Macmillan in 2010 under the title: Scotland and America c1600-c1800, as well as current research relating to this general area of enquiry by the course organiser. Seminars on the less well researched cultural and economic exchanges between Scotland and America over the course of the ninettenth century and into the early twentieth century will also be included. Course context reflects the course organiser's particular interest in Scottish emigration to
North America but also Scottish exchanges with the British Caribbean involving both participation in the chattel slave economy that evolved there and Scottish contributions to the campaign for abolition of first the slave trade in 1807 and later the abolition of slavery itself in the British Caribbean. A particular feature of the course is the use of emigrant correspondence as a source for Scottish emigrant experience in North America in its many manifestations. There will be an
emphasis on the use of primary sources in the contect of the course which will be reflected in course assessment.
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
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
An ability to think critically about existing literature relating to the history of Scottish contact with the western hemisphere in the modern period
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.
Comprehenstion of the relationship of current historiography to a variety of primary sources relevant to the subject
Assessment Information
Degree examinations (two x 2 hour exam papers) 60%
Essay 20%
Presentations 20%
The word length of the essay for the course will be 3000 words,and students will be able to meet
with the course organiser to discuss their preparation for its submission. There will be two
assessed presentations, each weighted at 10% 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 each presentation. The other 50% of the mark for each presentation will be based on text prepared by the student for their presentation in accordance with guidelines published in the course document.
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Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Not entered
Study Abroad Not entered
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KeywordsScotland America
Course organiserDr Alexander Murdoch
Tel: (0131 6)50 4033
Course secretaryMiss Clare Guymer
Tel: (0131 6)50 4030
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