Undergraduate Course: Witchcraft and Belief in Scotland, 1563-1736 (LLLE07008)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This is a for-credit course offered by the Centre for Open Learning (COL); only students registered with COL should be enrolled.
This course will examine the phenomena of witchcraft and witch hunting in early modern Scotland. We will examine the prosecution and persecution of those accused, and consider the significance of belief in witchcraft for early modern society. Other themes will be covered including religion, popular culture, law and order, illness and death, community tensions and gender differences.
Content of course
1. Introduction - witchcraft in Scotland and Europe
2. Witches in the community: who were the witches and what did they do?
3. Witchcraft and demonology: God and the Devil
4. Witchcraft and popular culture: fairies and demons
5. Witch hunting: church, state and community
6. The justice process: from accusation to execution
7. Gender differences: the experiences of women and men
8. Regional patterns and differences; decline in witch hunting
9. Judicial scepticism, religious tolerance or scientific enlightenment?
10. Continuation of witchcraft beliefs
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2016/17, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
||Lifelong Learning - Session 1
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||The assessment is a 2000 word essay, worth 100% of the total mark.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- describe what was understood to be witchcraft by early modern society;
- discuss the relationship between popular and elite cultural interpretations of witchcraft;
- identify key features that were used to indicate demonic witchcraft;
- analyse contemporary documents;
- evaluate evidence relating to witchcraft belief and prosecution.
Goodare, J., 2002. The Scottish Witch-hunt in Context. Manchester: Manchester University Press.
Goodare, J., Martin, L. and Miller, J., 2008. Witchcraft and Belief in Early-Modern Scotland, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Larner, C., 2000. Enemies of God. Edinburgh: John Donald.
Levack, B., 2006. The Witch-Hunt in Early Modern Europe. London: Longman.
Normand, L. and Roberts, G., 2000. Witchcraft in Early Modern Scotland: James VI's Demonology and the North Berwick Witches. Exeter: EUP.
Survey of Scottish Witchcraft Database (On-line database of witchcraft trial information) - www.shc.ed.ac.uk/research/witches
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||This is a for-credit course offered by the Centre for Open Learning (COL); only students registered with COL should be enrolled.
|Course organiser||Dr Sally Crumplin
|Course secretary||Miss Zofia Guertin
Tel: (0131 6)51 1855
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