Scottish Popular Culture 1500-1800 HIST4124

  • Academic Session: 2014-15
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course will explore major changes in popular culture in early modern Scotland arising from the Protestant Reformation. We will investigate the changing nature of Scottish religious culture, beliefs about magic and witches, and Scottish national identity; and consider popular involvement in key events from the Reformation rebellion to the Jacobite risings

Timetable

Three hours per week. This is one of the honours options in History and may not run every year. The options that are running this session are available on MyCampus.

Requirements of Entry

Available to all students fulfilling requirements for Honours entry into History, and by arrangement to visiting students or students of other Honours programmes

Excluded Courses

None

Assessment

One essay (1500-2000 words in length) represents 20%; one oral seminar paper (800 words) equal to 6%; seminar contribution represents 4%; 1 x 120minutes duration exam in April/May diet represents 70%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

The aims common to all History Honours 20 credit courses are as follows:

1. To prepare students for independent and original analysis of a complex range of evidence, including source materials, thereby developing intellectual skills that will be of benefit in a wide range of careers.

Students' research capacity will be enriched by their introduction to diverse source materials and their oral and written communication skills enhanced in ways designed to address employers' expectations for highly literate and highly articulate graduates who are fully cognisant of a range of research tools.

2. To show students how a professional historian works.

By supporting students in the production of their essay and seminar presentation, students will gain first hand experience of the scoping and shaping of research projects and the challenges faced by historians in the pursuit of advances in knowledge.

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).

The critical interpretation of key historiographical and theoretical debates relating to this subject will inform the close reading of sources. Provenance, perspective, context, intent and audience will be core considerations in students' interpretation of sources.

4. To ensure, through student-led discussion, that the relative validity of alternative historical interpretations is fully recognised. The seminars aim to encourage student-led learning and the facilitation of rigorous and informed debate.

5. To encourage students to develop imagination, skills and self-discipline required to master a similarly demanding brief in the future, whether in historical research or in any sphere or employment where these qualities are valuable.

Students will be encouraged to reflect on the range of generic research and communication skills they are developing over the course of this course in order to align their academic and professional aspirations and competencies and encourage reflective practice.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

Having completed this particular module, you should be able to:
1) Demonstrate the use of intellectual and analytical skills, particularly critical reading, the interpretation of primary sources, and analytical writing;
2) Demonstrate the utilisation of unfamiliar methodological approaches, in particular an approach to history from below.
3) Demonstrate the ability to search relevant databases for articles and to use a database of primary sources.
4) Demonstrate a familiarity with historiographical debate on the study of popular culture; the ability to extract an understanding of the popular experience from elite sources; and exposure to new research on Scottish popular culture through lectures and seminars;
5) Demonstrate the acquisition of transferable skills in the development of independent viewpoints, oral presentation and cross-cultural analysis.