Folk Belief And The Witch-Hunts HIST3001

  • Academic Session: 2014-15
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 30
  • Level: Level 3 (SCQF level 9)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Course Aims

The principal aims of this course are:
- to explore the role of the supernatural and witch belief in Europe, North America and Africa;
- to examine the intellectual and folk attitudes towards witchcraft and belief in the supernatural, past and present;
- to investigate the uniqueness of individual witch persecutions through such criteria as gender, age, social status and regional differences;
- to examine the legal developments and political conditions that allowed witch persecutions to take place;
- to develop and utilise various methodological approaches towards the study of mindsets, worldview, popular culture and belief.


Lectures 2 hours a week
Seminars 1 hour a week

Requirements of Entry

Completion of one History level 2 course at Band D or better, or one Economic and Social History level 2 course at Band D or better


Primary Source Analysis 10% (students will write approx 1500 words on a primary source extract. The source may be a text or a visual representation)
Essay 20% (students will write approx 3000 words)
Students will write a draft exam paper 10%
Seminars 20% (students will be assessed on an in-class oral presentation worth 10% and participation in seminars throughout the semester 10%
Final Exam 40%

Main Assessment In: December