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Undergraduate Course: Maps and Mappery in Scottish History, 1100 - 1850 (LLLE07001)

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 is a for-credit course offered by the Office of Lifelong Learning (OLL); only students registered with OLL should be enrolled.

For anyone who enjoys studying maps and who has a passion for history, this is the perfect course to indulge your interests while developing research skills. A deeper appreciation of maps as an historical source will be cultivated while exploring the rich collections of the National Library of Scotland's Map Library. Maps as both objects and documents will be set in the context of Scotland's history, giving greater awareness of how maps enrich our understanding of Scotland's past.
Course description Content of course
Framework: Maps and Mappery (Weeks 1 & 2)
1. Introduction: The anatomy of the map
Case studies (Weeks 2 to 8)
2. Understanding Creation: the Medieval Map
3. Scotland┐s maps and mapmakers
4. Renaissance Prestige: Displaying the World
5. Civic Pride: the Town Plan
6. Images of Power: Military Maps
7. Mercantile Investment? Maps and Sea Charts for Travel and Trade
8. Beyond the Enlightenment: Ordinance Survey and modern cartography
How maps are being used in history today (Weeks 9 & 10)
9. Burgh Surveys
10. GIS and the Historian
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
By the end of this course, students should be able to:
┐ use maps as primary documents, asking questions of them comparable to questions asked of any manuscript or published text;
┐ discuss maps as objects, with a critical awareness of their use in different contexts and in different periods;
┐ assess Scottish cartography in the context of wider European trends;
┐ undertake a comparative study of maps as representations of place and analyse the morphology of place through time;
┐ demonstrate the above learning outcomes through the assessment.
Reading List
Fleet, Christopher, Withers, Charles W. J., and Wilkes, Margaret, eds., 2011. Scotland: Mapping the Nation. Edinburgh: Birlinn. Hodgkiss, Alan, 2007. Discovering Antique Maps. Princes Risborough: Shire. Cunningham, Ian, 2006. The Nation Survey'd: Timothy Pont's Maps of Scotland. Edinburgh: John Donald. Hewitt, Rachel, 2010. Map of a Nation: A Biography of the Ordnance Survey. London: Granta.
Lynch, Michael, 2000. Scotland: A New History. London: Pimlico. Macleod, Finlay, 1989. Togail Tir, Marking Time: The Map of the Western Isles. Stornoway: Acair. McNeill, Peter & MacQueen, Hector, 2000. An Atlas of Scottish History to 1707. Edinburgh: Scottish Medievalists. Various journal articles where pertinent and accessible through the University Main Library.
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements This is a for-credit course offered by the Office of Lifelong Learning (OLL); only students registered with OLL should be enrolled.
Course organiserDr Sally Crumplin
Course secretaryMrs Sabine Murdoch
Tel: (0131 6)51 1855
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