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Undergraduate Course: Medieval Scotland (HIST07001)

Course Outline
SchoolCentre for Open Learning CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course is designed for students on the HSS International Foundation Programme. It is not available to undergraduate students.

Medieval Scotland will introduce students to the history of medieval Scotland while developing the skills required for the study of history. The course covers the period from the late eleventh century to the eve of the Reformation, looking at the emergence of Scotland as a kingdom, and placing it in the broader context of England, Ireland and the Continent, especially Scandinavia, France and the papacy.

The course takes a thematic approach: the first three weeks cover kingship and political developments in Scotland, and class topics after this include elite religion including the papacy; popular religion including saints' cults; military ideals and technology; trade and economy; population and migration; art and architecture; and education.

Students will be introduced to a broad range of written sources, such as charters, saints' lives, poems, histories, papal documents, maps. They will also consider a wealth of physical evidence through visits to archives, the NMS, the National Gallery, Edinburgh Castle and a tour of the Old Town.
Course description Class 1: Introduction: studying history; studying the medieval period; how to approach sources.

Class 2: Malcolm III to Alexander III.
Class 3: The Succession crisis and the Wars of Independence
Class 4: Bruce Kingship Class 5: Stewart Kingship to James I
Class 6: Stewart Kingship to James IV

Class 7: The Church and the Papacy; Monasteries.
Class 8: Popular religion - Saints' cults; pilgrimage.

Class 9: Visit to Edinburgh Castle
Class 10: Military technology; politics and alliances.
Class 11: Braveheart - representations of Scotland; history in the movies.

Class 12: Maps
Class 13: Population and Migration
Class 14: Trade and Economy; Tour of the Old Town

Class 15: Art, Architecture, Patronage, Education

Class 16: Conclusions
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Lifelong Learning - Session 3
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 78 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Assessment 1: One 2,000-word essay (worth 70%).
Assessment 2: One short exercise, research, analysis and presentation of a primary source (worth 30%).

Students must earn at least 30% in each assessment and an overall average of 40% to pass the course.
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Learning Outcomes
By the end of this course, students should be able to:
- understand the development of the kingdom of the Scots, and relations of Scotland with the British Isles and the continent during the medieval period;
- recognize the values and limitations of historical evidence, and use this evidence to develop and support their own arguments; and
- demonstrate the acquired knowledge and skills in their assessed assignments.
Reading List
These are select readings. A more comprehensive reading list will be provided for students at the start of the course.

Barrell, A.D.M., 2000. Medieval Scotland. Cambridge: CUP.

Reference works and primary sources in print:
Anderson, A.O. ed., 1922. Early Sources of Scottish History, AD 500 to 1286. Edinburgh & London: Oliver & Boyd.
Dickinson, W.C., Donaldson, G. and Milne, I. eds., 1958. A Source Book of Scottish History, 2nd ed. London: Thomas Nelson & Sons.
Lynch, M. ed., 2000. The Oxford Companion to Scottish History. Oxford: OUP.
Webster, B., 1975. Scotland from the eleventh century to 1603. Cambridge: CUP.

Secondary works:
Barrow, G.W.S., 2003. Kingship and Unity: Scotland 1000-1306, 2nd ed. Edinburgh: EUP.
Barrow, G.W.S., 1992. Scotland and its Neighbours in the Middle Ages. London: The Hambledon Press.
Barrow, G.W.S., 2003. The Kingdom of the Scots, 2nd ed. Edinburgh: EUP.
Boardman, S. and Ross, A. eds., 2003. The Exercise of Power in Medieval Scotland, c.1200-1500, Dublin: Four Courts.
Brown, M., 2004. The Wars of Scotland, 1214-1371. Edinburgh: EUP.
Cowan, E.J. and Henderson, L. eds., 2010. A History of Everyday Life in Medieval Scotland. Edinburgh: EUP.
Duncan, A.A.M., 1992. Scotland. The Making of the Kingdom, 2nd ed. Edinburgh: Mercat Press.
Grant, A., 1991. Independence and Nationhood: Scotland 1306-1469, 2nd ed. Edinburgh: EUP.
Macdougall, N., 2001. An Antidote to the English: the Auld Alliance, 1295-1560. East Linton: Tuckwell.
Nicholson, R., 1974. Scotland: The Later Middle Ages. Edinburgh: Oliver and Boyd.
Oram, R. ed., 1997. The Kings and Queens of Scotland. Edinburgh: TSO.
Grant, A. and Stringer, K. eds., 1993. Medieval Scotland: Crown, Lordship and Community. Edinburgh: EUP.
Ditchburn, D., 2000. Scotland and Europe. East Linton: Tuckwell.
Lynch, M., Stell, G. and Spearman, M. eds., 1988. The Scottish Medieval Town. Edinburgh: John Donald.
Wormald, J., 1991. Court, Kirk and Community. Scotland 1470-1625 2nd ed. Edinburgh: EUP.

Web sources

Scottish Medieval Resources: «»
Some Scottish primary sources: «» and «»
Search via the RCAHMS: «» and «».
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills - Acquiring and comparing a variety of sources.
- Evaluating different approaches to and explanations of material.
- Exercising informed critical judgement.
- Presenting opinions and conclusions in written and oral form.
Special Arrangements Students must only be enrolled by the Office of Lifelong Learning.
Course organiserMs Kate Mchugh
Tel: (0131 6)51 1589
Course secretaryMr Benjamin Mcnab
Tel: (0131 6)51 4832
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