History 1A: Scotland's Millennium: Kingdom, Union and Nation c 1000-1999 HIST1008

  • Academic Session: 2015-16
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

History 1A provides a wide ranging introduction to the study of History at University level through an examination of the medieval and modern history of Scotland. Key highlights include the Wars of Independence, the Union of the Crowns and Scotland's social and industrial transformation in the 20th century.


Class hour 10-11 Tues, Wed and Thurs with six additional seminars on a Monday or Friday as timetabled

Requirements of Entry

All students admitted to the University will be eligible to enrol in this course.

Excluded Courses




Examination (60%) (held at end of course), essay 30%, seminar contribution 10%

Main Assessment In: December

Course Aims

■ To provide you with a broad introduction to the main features of Scottish history from c.1000 to 1999, taking into account that you may not have covered most (or any) of this period before.

■ To offer you a fresh and stimulating approach to the major forces instrumental in the shaping of politics, society and culture in Scotland; to make you aware of current approaches in Scottish History and areas of particular controversy and debate.

■ To encourage you to think broadly, comparatively and conceptually across a long period of time.

■ To provide a secure foundation of knowledge and skills which will enable you to proceed with confidence to Level 2.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate the ability to identify and explain the significance of important phases in the history of Scotland from its emergence as a single country and people to the establishment of the devolved Scottish parliament in the United Kingdom in 1999.

2. Demonstrate an understanding of the changing nature of Scottish and British identity and Scotland's position in an evolving British constitutional framework across the period of this course.

3. Demonstrate the ability to make valid comparisons between different parts of Scotland and across different historical periods, on the basis of sound historical evidence.

4. Demonstrate skills in analysing primary and secondary sources and expressing historical arguments in group discussions and written work.