Undergraduate Course: Enlightenment Scotland c.1690 - c.1800 (HIST10339)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||The principal aim of the course is to allow students to familiarize themselves with some of the most influential and important developments in Scottish intellectual culture of the eighteenth century, including the ideas of major figures such as Adam Smith and David Hume, and to relate these debates to their respective institutional, political and cultural contexts.
The principal aim of the course is to allow students to familiarize themselves with some of the most influential and important debates and trends in Scottish intellectual culture of the eighteenth century, including the ideas of major figures such as Adam Smith and David Hume, and to relate these debates to their respective institutional, political and cultural contexts. Students will be encouraged to engage with the conflicting interpretations to be found in the secondary literature and, above all, to draw directly on evidence from primary texts, which are readily available in print and online, in order to develop and substantiate their arguments.
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 44,
Summative Assessment Hours 3,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Written Exam: 50%
Practical Exam: 0%
2 x 4,000 word essays, one due in each semester (each worth 25%)
1 x 3 hour exam (50%)
||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.
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||3:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, command of the body of knowledge considered in the course;
- demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to read, analyse and reflect critically upon relevant scholarship;
- demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to understand, evaluate and utilise a variety of primary source material;
- demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, the ability to develop and sustain scholarly arguments in oral and written form, by formulating appropriate questions and utilising relevant evidence;
- demonstrate independence of mind and initiative; intellectual integrity and maturity; an ability to evaluate the work of others, including peers.
|Alexander Broadie, The Scottish Enlightenment (Edinburgh, 2001).|
Roy Porter, Enlightenment. Britain and the Creation of the Modern World (London, 2000).
Nicholas Phillipson, David Hume: the philosopher as historian (London, 2011).
Thomas Ahnert, The Moral Culture of the Scottish Enlightenment, 1690 - 1805 (London and New Haven, 2014).
John Robertson, The Case for the Enlightenment. Scotland and Naples 1680 - 1760 (Cambridge, 2005),
R. Sher, Church and University in the Scottish Enlightenment (Edinburgh and Princeton, 1985).
Colin Kidd, Subverting Scotland's Past: Scottish Whig historians and the creation of an Anglo-British identity, c. 1689 - c. 1830 (Cambridge, 1993).
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Thomas Ahnert
Tel: (0131 6)50 3777
|Course secretary||Miss Stephanie Blakey
Tel: (0131 6)50 3580