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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of History, Classics and Archaeology : Scottish History

Undergraduate Course: Scottish History since 1914 (SCHI08012)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryAn overview of the history of Scotland from 1914. The course examines a wide range of themes, political, economic, social, and pays attention to the comparative and transnational context of the history of modern Scotland.
Course description The course examines the history of Scotland in the transformative period from 1914. The politics of Scotland within the United Kingdom and the social and economic changes that occurred in this period form the core of the course. Throughout the course attention is paid to the range of primary source materials that can be used to study this topic. There are weekly tutorials, each based around a different source to highlight a particular issue. Throughout the course attention is paid to the comparative and transnational contexts of the history of Scotland.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements A pass in any first level course achieved no later than August of the previous academic year.
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2016/17, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  120
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 22, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 162 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 40 %, Practical Exam 10 %
Additional Information (Assessment) One essay of 2500 words, one 'source criticism' exercise of 1500 words (together amounting to 40% of the final mark). One two-hour degree examination in the April/May diet (amounting to 50% of the final mark). An assessment of tutorial performance will provide 10% of the final mark for the course.
Feedback Students will receive written feedback on their coursework, and will have the opportunity to discuss that feedback further with the Course Organiser during their published office hours or by appointment.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. produce a sound and competent essay, in accordance with the common marking scale;
  2. produce a sound and competent document/source analysis, in accordance with the common marking scale;
  3. demonstrate, by way of essay, review essays, tutorial participation and examination, understanding of key concepts in modern Scottish history, and the potential and limitations of the evidence relating to it.
  4. demonstrate the following transferable skills: independent gathering of relevant evidence pertaining to a posed problem; critical consideration of evidence in order to arrive at sound conclusions; evaluating the work of others, including peers; presenting evaluations and conclusions clearly in both written and oral form; independent management of personal timetable, workload and other priorities in order to meet established deadlines.
Reading List
Ewen A. Cameron Impaled upon a Thistle: Scotland since 1880 (2010)
T.M. Devine and R.J. Finlay (eds.), Scotland in the Twentieth Century (1996)
T.M. Devine (ed.), Scotland and the Union, 1707-2007 (2008)
T. M. Devine, The Scottish Nation: A Modern History (2012) includes relevant sections
Richard J. Finlay, Modern Scotland: 1914-2000 (2004, paperback edn 2005)
T.C. Smout, A Century of the Scottish People, 1830-1950 (1986)
Catriona M.M. MacDonald, Whaur Extremes Meet: Scotland's Twentieth Century
T.M. Devine and Jenny Wormald, eds., The Oxford Handbook of Modern Scottish History (Oxford, 2012)
C. Harvie, No gods and precious few heroes: Scotland, 1914 1980 (3rd edn, 1998)
Lyn Abrams and Callum Brown (eds), A History of Everyday Life in Twentieth-Century Scotland (2010)
I.G.C. Hutchison, Scottish Politics in the Twentieth Century (2001)
William W. Knox, Industrial Nation: Work, Culture and Society in Scotland, 1800-Present (1999)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information All students will attend a weekly tutorial group from Weeks 2 to 11 inclusive.
KeywordsScottish 1914
Course organiserProf Ewen Cameron
Tel: (0131 6)50 4031
Course secretaryMs Amanda Campbell
Tel: (0131 6)50 2501
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