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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. 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.
Course description 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.

Content note: The study of History inevitably involves the study of difficult topics that we encourage students to approach in a respectful, scholarly, and sensitive manner. This course will include difficult topics such as racialisation and slavery, possibly homophobia and transphobia, and sexism. In addition, course organisers cannot entirely predict the directions discussions may take in tutorials or seminars, or through the wider reading that students may conduct for the course.
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 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-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
Academic year 2024/25, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  68
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 22, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 162 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework:
2 x 2,000 word Essay (50% each)
Feedback 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
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate a sound knowledge of Scottish history since 1560;
  2. assimilate a variety of sources and formulate critical opinions on them;
  3. research, structure and complete written work of a specified length, or within a specified time;
  4. make informed contributions to class discussion;
  5. 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 organiserDr Rosi Carr
Tel: (0131 6)50 3758
Course secretaryMiss Katherine Perry
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