Scots And The 'scottish Question' HIST4024

  • Academic Session: 2015-16
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 60
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This Special Subject uses a range of primary sources to explore attitudes to the 'Scottish Questions', including journalism, literature, political analysis and polemics, parliamentary debates and official government papers, autobiography and personal testimony


Tuesday and Thursday 3pm - 4.30pm

Requirements of Entry

Successful completion of junior honours in hsitory


2 essays each 1500-2000 words in length (one submitted in each semester) 2 seminar papers (one submitted in each semester) 2 seminar presentations (one given in each semester) 2 x 2hr exam in April/May diet

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

1. to prepare students for independent and original analysis of a complex range of evidence, including source materials, thereby developing intellectual skills which will be of benefit in a wide range of careers.
2. to show students how a professional historian works.
3. to familiarise students, through source-criticism, with a wide range of problems of interpretation arising from different usages of language, underlying meanings and intentions, differing standards of objectivity, and the variety of purpose and intent associated with historical evidence (written, visual or other).
4. to ensure, through student-led discussion, that the relative validity of alternative historical interpretations is fully recognised.
5. to encourage students to develop the confidence, imagination, skills and self-discipline required to master a similarly demanding brief in the future, whether in historical research or in any sphere or emploment where these qualities are valuable.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

Having completed this particular module, you should be able to demonstrate:
(1) an appreciation and understanding of the principal themes, issues and controversies relating to the constitutional question in twentieth-century Scotland;
(2) the ability to evaluate a complex range of historical sources, both primary and secondary, relating to twentieth-century Scotland;
(3) critical skills relating to the use of original historical sources with sensitivity and discrimination;
(4) the abililty to formulate and present arguments, based on your knowledge of the subject, in group discussions and in writing.