Undergraduate Course: Culture and the Arts in Post-war Scotland (HIST10390)
|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||Since the Second World War, culture and the arts have occupied increasingly visible and important roles in Scottish society. This class explores culture and the arts in relation to changing practices of the arts and ideas about the role of culture in society, broader social change, and debates around Scottish national identity. By exploring these interactions between the arts and society, students will develop new perspectives on the history of post-war Scotland.
Since the Second World War, culture and the arts have occupied increasingly visible and important roles in Scottish society. The introduction of state funding for the arts through the Arts Council of Great Britain, increased leisure time arising from a range of wider social and economic changes, and effects of the upheavals and challenges of the 1960s resulted in culture becoming a significant part of local and Scottish-national government policy. During the same period, the arts became a crucial space in which to test out, express and challenge ideas about and representations of Scots and Scotland. This class explores culture and the arts in relation to changing practices of the arts and ideas about the role of culture in society, broader social change, and debates around Scottish national identity. The first part of the class explores key concepts, themes and developments in culture and the arts in the period c. 1945-1997, including the creation and development of cultural policy, the challenges and upheavals of the 1960s, and the growing use of culture in urban regeneration and city branding. The second part of the class applies these understandings to examples of the arts in practice, with students having the opportunity to examine a range of dramatic performances, theatres, visual arts, films and television programmes, and arts festivals. By exploring these interactions between the arts and society, students will develop new perspectives on the history of post-war Scotland.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| A pass or passes in 40 credits of first level historical courses or equivalent and a pass or passes in 40 credits of second level historical courses or equivalent.
Before enrolling students on this course, Personal Tutors are asked to contact the History Honours Admission Administrator to ensure that a place is available (Tel: 50 3780).
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 44,
Summative Assessment Hours 4,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
Coursework: 60% (one shorter assignment worth 20% and a longer assignment worth 40%)
These marks are comprised of one two-hour exam for each semester of the course, each worth 20% of the total mark for the course (40% per semester), and two written assignments for each semester of the course: one shorter one of c. 1000 words and a longer one of c.3000 words in length. The shorter assignments will be worth 10% of the overall mark (20% per semester) and the longer ones are worth 20% of the overall mark (40% per semester). The shorter assignments will take the form of a book review and/or a source analysis whilst the longer assignments will consist of a history essay, either in standard form or with a twist: e.g. students will be asked to write for a particular audience or publication, or to write in a different format (for example, a report for a television producer). Students will be given clear direction and guidance on these assignments, both in the class handbook and during the seminars.
||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)||Paper 1||2:00|
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||Paper 2||2:00|
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.
|Bartie, A., The Edinburgh Festivals: Culture and Society in Post-war Britain (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2013).|
Bartie, A. & E. Bell, The International Writers' Conference Revisited: Edinburgh, 1962. Glasgow: Cargo Publishing, 2012.
Bell, E. & L. Gunn (eds.), The Scottish Sixties: Reading, Rebellion, Revolution? (Rodopi: Amsterdam, 2013).
Cowan, E. J. (ed.), The People's Past: Scottish Folk. Scottish History (Edinburgh: E.U.S.P.B., 1980)
Galloway, S. and H.D. Jones, 'The Scottish dimension of British arts government: a historical perspective', Cultural Trends, 19:1 (2010), 27-40.
Hewison, R., Too Much: Art and Society in the Sixties, 1960-75 (London: Methuen, 1986).
Hutchinson, D., The Modern Scottish Theatre (Glasgow: The Molendinar Press, 1977).
McArthur, E., Scotland, CEMA and the Arts Council, 1919-1967: Background, Politics and Visual Art Policy (Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing, 2012).
Maley, W., 'Representing Scotland in the 1970s', in B. Moore-Gilbert (ed.), The Arts in the 1970s: Cultural Closure (London: Routledge, 1994), 78-98.
Scullion, A., 'Glasgow Unity Theatre: The Necessary Contradictions of Scottish Political Theatre', in Twentieth Century British History, 13:3 (2002), 215-252.
Sinclair, A., Arts and Cultures: The History of the 50 Years of the Arts Council of Great Britain (London: Sinclair-Stevenson, 1995).
Stevenson, R. & G. Wallace (eds.), Scottish Theatre Since the Seventies (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1996).
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Keywords||Culture and Arts in Postwar Scot
|Course organiser||Dr Angela Bartie
Tel: 0131 650 3768
|Course secretary||Miss Annabel Stobie
Tel: (0131 6)50 3783