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Undergraduate Course: Edinburgh since 1750 (ECSH10084)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryEdinburgh provides the ideal location for the study of comparative history. While it might seem paradoxical to study comparative history in a single location, the intersection since 1750 of local, regional, national and international forces provides an opportunity to understand the identity or personality of a place, and the process of place-making over time. In a different reference framework, Enlightenment Edinburgh in the 18th century, scientific and industrial Edinburgh in the 19th century, commercial Edinburgh in the 20th century each reflected unfolding phases of modernity in conflict with traditional patterns of life and work. The resolution of these tensions moulded the shape and character of Edinburgh, and understanding the processes informs the historian about the character of urban change in and beyond Edinburgh.
In this course, Edinburgh is introduced and understood as the outcome of social, economic and political dynamics that fundamentally shaped identities in space and time. Throughout, students will engage with the historiography of urban history and the conceptual tools and theories of economic and social history. The course encourages students to utilise their observational skills alongside the rich fund of research resources in the city. In conjunction with secondary sources, collections in Edinburgh libraries, museums and archives form part of the preparation for each week, as do materials drawn from databases, digitised maps, photographs, plans and texts.
Course description Not entered
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, Directors are asked to contact the History Honours Admission Secretary to ensure that a place is available (Tel: 503783).
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 **
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the course, students should be able to demonstrate, by means of an essay, assignment and examination:
- an awareness of the spatial character of change over time
- an understanding of the historiography of this area of scholarship
- an ability to present a written structured and coherent argument supported by primary and secondary evidence
- a relationship between observational and interpretive skills
Through participation in seminars, they should be able to improve their:
- oral presentation skills
- ability to process and respond to the arguments of others
- ability to critically evaluate a range of 19th and 20th century primary sources (newspaper, government publications, images)
Preparation for seminars and assessed work will develop:
- contextualisation of historical material in a contemporary framework
- transferable IT skills in order to assess and manipulate many of the sources
- transferable time management skills in order to produce essays and presentations to a deadline
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsEdinburgh 1750
Course organiserProf Richard Rodger
Course secretaryMrs Caroline Cullen
Tel: (0131 6)50 3781
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