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Introduction to Medieval Scotland (Online)

Studying at the University of Edinburgh Winter School is the perfect way to broaden your academic and cultural horizons at one of the Top 20 universities in the world (QS World University Rankings 2020).

The four-week online Introduction to Medieval Scotland course provides at least 72 hours of core academic teaching, along with development sessions to make the most of your international experience. 

Credit Level 8 / 20 credits / 10 ECTS / 4 US
Contact Hours 72
Academic Eligibility 1 year undergradute study and aged 18 or above
Language Requirements IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent
Tuition Fee £2,500
Application Deadline Sunday 6 December 2020 at midnight (GMT)

Course Description

An intensive course introducing the history of Medieval Scotland while developing historical skills.

This course covers the history of Scotland from the eleventh century to the early sixteenth. Students will explore the relative dynastic stability during reigns of Malcolm III and his descendants to Alexander III, they will look at the Great Cause and the Wars of Independence, followed by Bruce kingship and then the Stewart dynasty, ending with the reign of James IV.

After considering politics and kingship in this chronological framework, the course will take a thematic approach, looking at the religious, military, cultural and economic history of the period, and placing Scotland in the wider context of medieval Europe. The course will encourage students to consider medieval Scotland through broader questions about identity, ruler ship, gender, belief and international relations.

Using a range of primary sources - physical objects and documents in translation - the course aims to expand writing and presentation skills and to develop students' source handling and understanding. The course will draw extensively on the rich cultural heritage of the area, with privileged online access to Edinburgh's museums, galleries and archives and remains of medieval churches.

Course Format

The course will be taught online, using a combination of lectures and tutorials, with discussion groups. Students will be expected to read materials provided for the class and to participate in discussions.

To get the full benefit from the course, students will need:

  • A stable internet connection
  • A computer/laptop/tablet/smartphone with internet connectivity, and camera/mic functionality

Your computer/laptop should ideally have a modern operating system installed to ensure compatibility with the university’s online tools (Windows 10 is recommended).

Assessment

  • Online class contribution: 10% of total marks (based on online contribution).
  • Oral presentation: 20% of total marks; 10 minute presentation and 500-word abstract.
  • Essay: 70% or total marks 2000 words to be delivered two weeks after the course has finished

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • demonstrate understanding of the history of Medieval Scotland in a variety of thematic areas;
  • place the thematic history of medieval Scotland in the wider context of the medieval world, and of later developments in Scotland;
  • handle and analyse a range of primary sources;
  • synthesise and analyse critically the opinions of others;
  • collate and present concepts and ideas in oral and written contexts.

Who should choose this course?

This course will appeal to any student interested in Scottish medieval history and/or those interested in developing their historical skills, especially those who are planning a career or academic research in these fields. 

Tuition Fees

The fee for this course is £2,500. This fee includes:

  • Tuition fees for the four-week course
  • Course materials and equipment

As part of your application process, you will be required to pay a £500 deposit. The deposit payment will be redeemable against your course fee. After a 14 day cooling off period, the deposit is non-refundable. You will receive information on how to pay your deposit during your application process.

Visas

As the Winter School 2021 will be taught online, students will not need to apply and will not be eligible for a Tier 4 visa.

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Introduction to Medieval Scotland (Online)

An intensive online course introducing the history of Medieval Scotland.

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