Undergraduate Course: The Scottish Enlightenment (HIST10158)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course examines the intellectual history of the Scottish Enlightenment, from the early eighteenth to the beginning of the nineteenth century. It will focus mainly on the development of moral philosophy in the writings of authors such as Francis Hutcheson, David Hume, and Adam Smith, and on the distinctive 'stadial' histories developed by the Scots, in particular the writings of Adam Smith, Adam Ferguson, and William Robertson. The course will, however, also involve the discussion of authors, such as George Anderson or John Witherspoon, who are less well-known now, but who played an important role in debates of the mid-eighteenth century. The changes in intellectual culture will also be related to the broader political and social background of eighteenth century Scotland.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
|Prohibited Combinations|| Students MUST NOT also be taking
Enlightenment Scotland c.1690 - c.1800 (HIST10339)
||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).
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting 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.
** visiting students should contact the Visiting Student Section directly for admission to take this course **
Course Delivery Information
|Not being delivered|
| The aim of this course is firstly to introduce students to the study of intellectual history in general. In particular, it is intended as an introduction to the main debates within the Scottish Enlightenment and their contexts. There will be a strong emphasis on reading and interpreting primary sources critically, and on the use of contextual information to inquire into the meaning of these sources. Students will be encouraged to consider broader questions about the Scottish Enlightenment, such as its distinctiveness, compared to the Enlightenment in other parts of Europe, or the nature of the Enlightenment in general.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Brad Bow
Tel: (0131 6)50 9963
|Course secretary||Miss Clare Guymer
Tel: (0131 6)50 4030