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Undergraduate Course: Atlantic Encounters. Scotland and the North Atlantic World in the Seventeenth Century (SCHI10075)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryThis course considers the history of seventeenth-century Scotland's relationship with the wider world. Starting with Europe, it tracks the shifting patterns and connections across the North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, within the framework of the concept of an expanding North-Atlantic sphere.
Course description This course considers Scotland as part of the wider North Atlantic world, including Europe. It looks at the country's culture of migration, the numerous Scottish communities abroad, their resultant commercial, religious and cultural links, and how these connections fed into various types of Atlantic engagement. Scotland's seventeenth century Atlantic encounters will be assessed not only historically but also for the ideas, networks, and individual and national achievements and projects which they brought about.
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).
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, 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
Devine, T. M., Scotland's Empire: 1600-1815 (London, 2003)
Landsman, N. C. (ed.), Nation and Province in the First British Empire: Scotland and the Americas, 1600-1800 (Cranbury, London and Mississauga, 2001)
Macinnes, A. I. A. H. Williamson (eds), Shaping the Stuart World, 1603-1714: The Atlantic Connections (Leiden, 2005)
Macinnes, A. I. M-A. Harper & L. G. Fryer (eds), Scotland and the Americas, c. 1650- c. 1939: A Documentary Source Book (Edinburgh, 2002)
Mijers, Esther, 'Between Empires and Cultures: Scots in New Netherland and New York', Journal of Scottish Historical Studies, 33 (2) (2013), 165-195
Murdoch, S, Network North: Scottish Kin, Commercial and Covert Associations in Northern Europe, 1603-1746 (Leiden,, 2006)
Murdoch, S. & A. Grosjean (eds), Scottish Communities Abroad in the Early Modern Period (Leiden, 2005)
Roding, Juliette & Lex Heerma van Voss (eds), The North Sea and Culture (1550-1800) (Hilversum, 1996)
Smout, T. C., Scottish Trade on the Eve of the Union 1660-1707 (Edinburgh, 1963)
Talbott, S.M., Conflict, Commerce and Franco-Scottish Relations, 1560-1713 (London, 2014)
Worthington, David, Scots in Habsburg Service, 1618-1648 (Leiden, 2003)
Worthington, David, British and Irish Experiences and Impressions of Central Europe, 1560-1688 (Aldershot, 2012)
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Course organiserDr Esther Mijers
Tel: (0131 6)50 3756
Course secretaryMiss Lorna Berridge
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