Undergraduate Course: Themes in Scottish History since 1560 (HIST08042)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course introduces students to the study of Scottish history in the period from 1560 to the present. The programme of lectures and tutorials emphasises key themes of political, religious, economic, social and cultural change. The course encourages students to think about the multiple transitions between early modern and modern Scotland, and to consider the forces shaping contemporary politics and culture.
Building on first-year courses in History, this course analyses the main political developments, social transitions and cultural shifts in Scotland 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.It culminates in the present day, addressing such topics as gender, the arts and the debate about devolution and independence.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
|| Students MUST have passed:
The Historian's Toolkit (HIST08032)
||Other requirements|| A pass in any first level course achieved no later than August of the previous academic year.
Students on the Economic History (MA Hons) degree do not require the compulsory pre-requisite 'The Historians' Toolkit'
PLEASE NOTE: The pre-requisite is still compulsory for ALL OTHER DEGREE PROGRAMMES
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting 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?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 22,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
1 x 1,500 word Essay (40%)
1 x 2,500 word Essay (60%)
||Students will receive written feedback on their coursework, and will have the opportunity to discuss that feedback further with the Course Organiser during their published office hours or by appointment.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- demonstrate a sound knowledge of Scottish history since 1560;
- assimilate a variety of sources and formulate critical opinions on them;
- research, structure and complete written work of a specified length, or within a specified time;
- make informed contributions to class discussion;
- organise their own learning, manage their workload, and work to a timetable.
|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)
|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
|Course organiser||Dr Alasdair Raffe
Tel: (0131 6)51 4269
|Course secretary||Miss Katherine Perry