Timetable information in the Course Catalogue may be subject to change.

University Homepage
DRPS Homepage
DRPS Search
DRPS Contact
DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of History, Classics and Archaeology : Scottish History

Undergraduate Course: From Covenanting Revolution to Jacobite Rebellion: Scottish Politics, 1638-1747 (SCHI10077)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course explores the revolutions, reforms and political upheavals of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Scotland. As well as examining the main events from the Covenanting revolution of 1638-41 to the Jacobite rising of 1745, the course pays particular attention to political culture and forms of popular participation in politics.
Course description This course explores the turbulent events and important transformations in Scottish politics from the Covenanting revolution of 1638-41 to the Jacobite rising of 1745. Building on pre-honours courses in Scottish and British history, the course charts the main developments in political life, examining periods of rapid state-building and intense religious controversy, as well as such decisive turning points as the union of 1707. The course begins chronologically, discussing the period's successive revolutions and settlements. It then focuses on political culture and popular participation in politics, drawing on evidence from across the period to examine key themes.

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. Nevertheless, we remain conscious that some students may wish to prepare themselves for the discussion of difficult topics. In particular, the course organiser has outlined that the following topics may be discussed in this course, whether in class or through required or recommended primary and secondary sources: racial violence, sexual violence, extreme mob violence, state violence. While this list indicates sensitive topics students are likely to encounter, it is not exhaustive because 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 Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Improving the Nation. Change and Modernisation in Scotland, 1660-1730 (HIST10379) AND Improving the Nation. Change and Modernisation in Scotland, 1660-1730 (HIST10522)
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.
Students should only be enrolled on this course with approval from the History Honours Programme Administrator.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting 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? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  0
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 172 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework:
1500 word source commentary exercise (35%)
3000 word essay (65%)
Feedback Students will be encouraged to submit an essay plan to the course organiser to receive formative feedback. Feedback on essays will be both formative and summative, allowing students to apply the feedback in their preparation for the exam. Students 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 politics in the period 1638-1747;
  2. read, analyse and reflect critically upon relevant scholarship;
  3. understand, evaluate and utilise a variety of primary source material;
  4. 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
Adams, Sharon, and Julian Goodare (eds.), Scotland in the Age of Two Revolutions (Woodbridge, 2014)
Braddick, Michael J. (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of the English Revolution (Oxford, 2015)
Brown, Stewart J., and Christopher A. Whatley (eds.), The Union of 1707: New Dimensions (Edinburgh, 2008)
Devine, T. M., and J. R. Young (eds.), Eighteenth-Century Scotland: New Perspectives (East Linton, 1999)
Harris, Tim, Restoration: Charles II and his Kingdoms (London, 2005)
Jackson, Clare, Restoration Scotland, 1660-1690: Royalist Politics, Religion and Ideas (Woodbridge, 2003)
Macinnes, Allan I., The British Revolution, 1629-1660 (Basingstoke, 2005)
Robertson, John (ed.), A Union for Empire: Political Thought and the British Union of 1707 (Cambridge, 1995)
Shaw, John Stuart, The Political History of Eighteenth-Century Scotland (Basingstoke, 1999)
Stevenson, David, The Scottish Revolution, 1637-1644: The Triumph of the Covenanters (Newton Abbot, 1973)
Stewart, Laura A. M., Rethinking the Scottish Revolution: Covenanted Scotland, 1637-1651 (Oxford, 2016)
Whatley, Christopher A., with Derek J. Patrick, The Scots and the Union (Edinburgh, 2006) [or 2nd edn (2014)]
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills ability to draw valid conclusions about the past
ability to identify, define and analyse historical problems
ability to select and apply a variety of critical approaches to problems informed by uneven evidence
ability to exercise critical judgement in creating new understanding
ability to extract key elements from complex information readiness and capacity to ask key questions and exercise rational enquiry
ability critically to assess existing understanding and the limitations of knowledge and recognition of the need regularly to challenge/test knowledge
ability to search for, evaluate and use information to develop knowledge and understanding
possession of an informed respect for the principles, methods, standards, values and boundaries of the discipline(s), as well as the capacity to question these
recognition of the importance of reflecting on one's learning experiences and being aware of one's own particular learning style
openness to new ideas, methods and ways of thinking
ability to identify processes and strategies for learning
independence as a learner, with readiness to take responsibility for one's own learning, and
commitment to continuous reflection, self-evaluation and self-improvement
ability to make decisions on the basis of rigorous and independent thought.
ability to test, modify and strengthen one's own views through collaboration and debate
intellectual curiosity
ability to sustain intellectual interest
ability to make effective use of oral, written and visual means convey understanding of historical issues and one's interpretation of them.
ability to marshal argument lucidly and coherently
ability to collaborate and to relate to others
readiness to seek and value open feedback to inform genuine self-awareness
ability to articulate one's skills as identified through self-reflection
ability to approach historical problems with academic rigour
ability to manage and meet firm deadlines flexible, adaptable and proactive responsiveness to
changing surroundings
possession of the confidence to make decisions based on one's understanding and
personal/intellectual autonomy
ability to transfer knowledge, learning, skills and abilities flexibly from one context to another
ability to work effectively with others, capitalising on diversities of thinking, experience and skills
working with, managing, and leading others in ways that value their diversity and equality and that encourage their contribution
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Rosi Carr
Tel: (0131 6)50 3758
Course secretaryMrs Ksenia Gorlatova
Tel: (0131 6)50 8349
Help & Information
Search DPTs and Courses
Degree Programmes
Browse DPTs
Humanities and Social Science
Science and Engineering
Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Other Information
Combined Course Timetable
Important Information