The Making Of The Union Of 1707 HIST4156

  • 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

Why did the Scottish Parliament ratify a treaty of union with England in 1707? Historians have long debated this question. This course will ask students to assess the conflicting historiography of the making of the Anglo-Scottish Union of 1707 and use primary source analysis to formulate their own views. These sources will include memoirs, letters, pamphlets and parliamentary petitions. We will consider the long term context of Anglo-Scottish relations but will focus on the shorter term domestic and international context from the Revolution of 1688-9.


3 hours per week.

Requirements of Entry

Successful completion of Junior Honours in history.

Excluded Courses




2 essays (one in each semester) 10% each

2 seminar papers (one in each semester) 6% each

Seminar contribution (one assessment in each semester) 4% each

Examination: 2 x 120 minute examinations, worth 60% overall

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

The following aims are shared by all History special subjects:

6. 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.

7. to show students how a professional historian works.

8. 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).

9. to ensure, through student-led discussion, that the relative validity of alternative historical interpretations is fully recognised.

10. 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 employment where these qualities are valuable.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

On completion of the special subject, students should be able to:
1) identify the long and short term events and issues leading to the approval of a treaty of union in the Scottish Parliament of 1706-7 based on the analysis of primary and secondary source material.
2) evaluate the conflicting historiographical explanations for the union of 1707 including an assessment of the authors' underlying ideological commitments.
3) formulate an independent view of the reltiave importance of key facators in the making of the union based on appropriate evidence.
4) present their findings clearly and effetively in written and oral form