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

Undergraduate Course: Scottish Politics since 1906 (SCHI10064)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe course aims to provide an overview of Scottish politics since 1906. The role of political ideas, the electoral history of Scotland and the place of Scotland within the UK will be examined.

Course description To present an overview of Scottish politics from 1906, encompassing a period in which the nineteenth century pattern of Liberal domination was broken down in the 1920s by the strength of Unionism and the rise of Labour. The rise of nationalism over the course of the period since 1960 wil be examined.l To counter a tendency to see Scottish politics in this period as marching along a 'road to devolution' or even independence. The course will help student put the recent independence referendum in its proper historical context. This will be pursued by analysis of a wide range of political issues: the economy, housing, land as well as the constitutional question.

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations 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: 503780).
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should usually have at least 3 History courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this) for entry to this course. We will only consider University/College level courses.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, command of the body of knowledge considered in the course;
  2. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to read, analyse and reflect critically upon relevant scholarship;
  3. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to understand, evaluate and utilise a variety of primary source material;
  4. 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;
  5. demonstrate independence of mind and initiative; intellectual integrity and maturity; an ability to evaluate the work of others, including peers.
Reading List
Ewen Cameron, Impaled Upon the Thistle: Scotland since 1880 (Edinburgh, 2010)
I. G. C. Hutchison, Scottish Politics in the Twentieth Century (Basingstoke, 2001)
McKinlay, A. & Morris, R. J., The ILP on Clydeside, 1893-1932: from foundation to
disintegration (1991)
Mitchell, J., Governing Scotland: the invention of administrative devolution (Basingstoke, 2004)
G. Hassan (ed.), The Scottish Labour Party:
history, institutions and ideas (Edinburgh, 2004)
T.M. Devine (ed.), Scotland and the union, 1707-2007 (Edinburgh, 2008)
McLean, I., The legend Of Red Clydeside (Edinburgh, 1983)
McLean, I, et al, Scotland's Choices: The Referendum and What Happens Afterwards (Edinburgh, 2013)
R.J.Finlay, Independent and Free: The Origins of the SNP (Edinburgh, 1994)
D. Torrance (ed),Whatever Happened to Tory Scotland? (Edinburgh, 2012)

Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsSP since 1906
Course organiserMs Anna Feintuck
Tel: (0131 6)50 4384
Course secretaryMr Mark Newman
Tel: (0131 6)51 5232
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