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Undergraduate Course: Themes in Scottish History since 1560 (HIST08042)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course introduces students to the study of Scottish history in the period from 1560 to the present. In the first part of the course, lectures and tutorials introduce students to key themes of political, religious, economic and social change. In the second part, students choose one from a selection of pathways, allowing for more detailed study of a particular field within modern Scottish history.
Course description This course introduces students to the main themes in Scottish history in the period since 1560. Beginning with the Reformation and the union of crowns of 1603, the course tracks the enormous political and religious changes in early modern Scotland. It then examines the Anglo-Scottish union of 1707 and post-union Scotland, including such themes as Jacobitism, the Scottish Enlightenment and imperial expansion. The course encompasses nineteenth-century industrialisation, political reform and social change, before turning to the radical political and cultural upheavals of the twentieth century.

The course is in two parts. In weeks 1-7, lectures and weekly tutorials introduce students to the main themes in Scottish history since 1560. In weeks 8-11, the course is taught entirely through weekly 'pathway' seminars of two hours. For this part of the course, students choose from a variety of specialised pathways, allowing them to pursue more in-depth 'honours style' study.

The pathways seminars run for two hours each on either Tuesday or Thursday morning. Students must check their timetables for weeks 8-11 to ensure they can attend the pathways as well as the lectures.

An indicative lecture programme is as follows:

The Scotland of Queen Mary
Prayer book, Covenants and Presbyterianism
Religious Politics in Late Seventeenth-Century Scotland

James VI
The Covenanting Revolution
Restoration, Revolution and Union, 1660-1707

Rural Society, Towns and Trade
Migration and Empire, 1660-1800
Economic Effects of Union, 1707-1800

Political Management and Jacobitism, 1707-1760
The Scottish Enlightenment
Industrialising Scotland

Liberal Scotland
Scotland and the Global Economy
Highlands and Lowlands

Scotland and Global Conflict
Political Realignment
Scotland in Crisis

Post-war Scotland
Cultural change
Political change

Planned pathways include:

The Economy of Early Modern Scotland

The Democratic Intellect: Education in Modern Scotland

Religion and Politics in Seventeenth-Century Scotland

Dreams of Empire: Darien and its predecessors
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: The Historian's Toolkit (HIST08032)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements A pass in any first level course achieved no later than August of the previous academic year.

Students on the degrees listed below do not require the compulsory pre-requisite 'The Historians' Toolkit':
Economic History (MA Hons)
Politics and Economic and Social History (MA Hons)
Social Anthropology with Social History (MA Hons)
Social Policy and Social and Economic History (MA Hons)
PLEASE NOTE: The pre-requisite is still compulsory for ALL OTHER DEGREE PROGRAMMES
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should usually have at least 1 introductory level History course 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
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, a sound knowledge of Scottish history since 1560;
  2. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to assimilate a variety of sources and formulate critical opinions on them;
  3. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to research, structure and complete written work of a specified length, or within a specified time;
  4. demonstrate an ability to make informed contributions to class discussion and give an oral presentation as required;
  5. demonstrate an ability to organise their own learning, manage their workload, and work to a timetable.
Reading List
Lynn Abrams and Callum G. Brown (eds.), A History of Everyday Life in Twentieth-Century Scotland (Edinburgh, 2010)

David Allan, Scotland in the Eighteenth Century: Union and Enlightenment (Harlow, 2002)

Keith M. Brown, Kingdom or Province?: Scotland and the Regal Union, 1603-1715 (Basingstoke, 1992)

Ewen A. Cameron, Impaled upon a Thistle: Scotland since 1880 (Edinburgh, 2010)

T.M. Devine, The Scottish Nation: A Modern History (London, 2012)

T.M. Devine, C.H. Lee and G.C. Peden (eds.), The Transformation of Scotland: The Economy since 1700 (Edinburgh, 2005)

T.M. Devine and Jenny Wormald (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Modern Scottish History (Oxford, 2012)

Bob Harris and Alan R. MacDonald (eds.), Scotland: The Making and Unmaking of the Nation, c.1100-1707, vol. ii: Early Modern Scotland, c.1500-1707 (Dundee, 2007)

R.A. Houston and W.W.J. Knox (eds.), New Penguin History of Scotland (London, 2002)

Michael Lynch, Scotland: A New History, 2nd edn. (London, 1992)

Graeme Morton, Ourselves and Others: Scotland, 1832-1914 (Edinburgh, 2012)

Jenny Wormald (ed.), Scotland: A History (Oxford, 2005)

Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills - ability to draw valid conclusions about the past
- ability to select and apply a variety of critical approaches to problems informed by uneven evidence
- ability critically to assess existing understanding and the limitations of knowledge and recognition of the need regularly to challenge/test knowledge
- ability to test, modify and strengthen one's own views through collaboration and debate
- ability to marshal argument lucidly and coherently
- ability to approach historical problems with academic rigour
KeywordsScottish themes
Course organiserProf Julian Goodare
Tel: (0131 6)50 4021
Course secretaryMiss Rachel Ord
Tel: (0131 6)50 3580
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