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

Undergraduate Course: Modern Scottish History (SCHI08011)

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 1750 to 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 1750 to 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
Not being delivered
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)
Devine, T, The Scottish Nation (Edinburgh 2011)
Elizabeth Foyster and Christopher A. Whatley, eds., A History of Everyday Life in Scotland, 1600 to 1800 (2010)
Trevor Griffiths and Graeme Morton, eds., A History of Everyday Life in Scotland, 1800-1900 (2010)
B. Lenman, Integration and Enlightenment (2009),
Graeme Morton, Ourselves and Others: Scotland 1832-1914 (2012
David Allan, Scotland in the Eighteenth Century (2002)
R.H. Campbell, Scotland since 1707: the Rise of an Industrial Society (2nd edn., 1985) T.M. Devine and J.R. Young (eds.), Eighteenth Century Scotland (1999)
T.M. Devine, Scotland's Empire 1600-1815 (2003)
T.M. Devine, C.H. Lee and G.C. Peden, eds., The Transformation of Scotland: The Economy Since 1700 (2005)
T.M. Devine (ed.), Scotland and the Union, 1707-2007 (2008)
W. Ferguson, Scotland: 1689 to the Present (1968)
John McCaffrey, Scotland in the Nineteenth Century, (1998)
Alexander Murdoch, British History 1660-1832: National Identity and Local Culture (1998)
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.
KeywordsModern Scottish
Course organiserDr Esther Mijers
Tel: (0131 6)50 3756
Course secretaryMiss Annabel Stobie
Tel: (0131 6)50 3783
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