Undergraduate Course: Heritage in Britain since c.1750 (ECSH10031)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The course examines the development of a popular interest in historical and heritage issues in Britain, with a focus on the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, but also considering different manifestations of 'heritage' in popular narratives and places in contemporary Britain. The approach is based on case studies, many located in Scotland to facilitate site visits.
The course examines the development of a popular interest in historical and heritage issues in Britain, with a focus on the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, but also considering different manifestations of 'heritage' in popular narratives and places in contemporary Britain. The approach is based on case studies, many located in Scotland to facilitate site visits. Two of the student-led seminars of take place in local museums, which are intended to develop the visual and interpretation skills of participating students. The course advances an awareness of 'heritage' as a shifting and dynamic phenomenon that has evolved over several centuries in the modern era and is intended to provide a deeper appreciation of the processes of history formation at a popular and formal level. Themes include the impact of classicism; the Grand Tour and collecting; the romantic movement; the birth of the museum; country house visiting; the Gothic movement and the influence of medievalism; the past and nostalgia as escape from the present; the past in modern British film; the Celtic revival; the 'heritage industry' and the relationship with government policy since the Second World War.
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: 504030).
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students must have 3 History courses at grade B or above. We will only consider University/College level courses. Enrolments for this course are managed by the CAHSS Visiting Student Office, in line with the quotas allocated by the department. All enquiries to enrol must be made through the CAHSS Visiting Student Office. It is not appropriate for students to contact the department directly to request additional spaces.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- demonstrate command of the body of knowledge considered in the course;
- read, analyse and reflect critically upon relevant scholarship;
- understand, evaluate and utilise a variety of primary source material;
- 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.
|S. J. Alberti, Nature and Culture. Objects, Disciplines and the Manchester Museum, (Manchester, 2009).|
David Brett, The Construction of Heritage (1996)
James Chapman, Past and Present. National Identity and the British Historical Film (2005).
K. H. Grenier, Tourism and Identity in Scotland, 1770-1914: Creating Caledonia (2005).
Eric Hobsbawm and Terence Ranger, eds.,The Invention of Tradition (1984).
Peter H. Hoffenberg, An Empire on Display: English, Indian and Australian Exhibitions from the Crystal Palace to the Great War (2001). [Online via EUL]
Ian Ousby, The Englishman's England: Taste, Travel and the Rise of Tourism (1990)
J. Parker, Englands Darling: The Victorian Cult of Alfred the Great (2014).
Emily Robinson, History, Heritage and Tradition in Contemporary British Politics: Past Politics and Present Histories (2012)
Rosemary Sweet, Cities and the Grand Tour. The British in Italy c. 1690-1820 (2012)
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Sarah Goldsmith
Tel: (0131 6)50 4620
|Course secretary||Miss Rachel Ord
Tel: (0131 6)50 9110