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Semester 1

Themes in Scottish History since 1560 (HIST08042)







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Visiting students must have previously taken at least 1 introductory level History course at grade B or above for entry to this course. We will only consider University/College level courses.

Course 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.

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.

Assessment Information

Written Exam 0%, Coursework 100%, Practical Exam 0%

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