School of Humanities

School of Humanities

Student Mobility

Student Mobility

Introduction to Scottish Culture - Incoming Junior Year Abroad

Subject Are‌a:Archaeology, Celtic and Gaelic/ Humanities, Scottish Literature/ Critical Studies

This is one of the most successful introductory courses offered to visiting students of all disciplines at the University of Glasgow, and this semester recruited 100 students. (Only the size of room restricted numbers: we reached capacity very quickly.) It builds on an earlier course (taught by Scottish History and Scottish Literature) entitled Exploring Scottish Culture, by drawing in the expertise of the Archaeology and Celtic and Gaelic  Subject Areas.


The aims of this course are
1.         To introduce students to key themes and issues in Scottish history, literature, language and archaeology, with particular emphasis upon exploring nationhood, identity, language and culture.
2.         To make students aware of the current approaches being taken by scholars towards the history, literature and culture of Scotland, and of areas of particular controversy and debate.
3.         To enhance critical, analytical and presentational skills, through submission of a written paper.
4.         To complement the knowledge and skills which students will acquire through participation in Level 1 and 2 courses in the College of Arts (particularly Archaeology, Celtic and Gaelic, History and Scottish Literature).

5.         To encourage learning in a non-classroom environment, introducing students to iconic features of Scotland’s built environment to observe how interdisciplinary perspectives on Scottish culture are evident in the landscape and heritage (broadly defined).



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

  1. Explain the ways in which nationhood has been expressed and contested in Scotland from medieval times to the present.
  2. Describe the ways in which identities in Scotland have been contested and have changed over time and been expressed through a variety of media.
  3. Explain the ways in which language, literature and material culture have contributed to the ways in which Scotland has been understood.

Video: Glasgow West India merchants, planters and sojourners 1776-1850 - PhD

‌Subject Area: History            

Type of Activity: Student Mobility

Funding: £2250 ESRC and The Annie Dunlop Fund

Stephen Mullen [MP4]

In spring 2014, Stephen embarked on a month long trip to the West Indies to undertake research on Scots during the period, 1776-1850. He took up residency at the University of the West Indies Mona campus in Kingston, Jamaica where he had the benefit of the academic environment. I spent a lot of time in West Indies Collections and Special Collections and I attended a series of lecture by visiting academics. He undertook research work in The National Archives of Jamaica in Spanishtown and the National Library of Jamaica in Kingston. Stephen was also given the opportunity to speak on ‘Scots in Jamaica, 1776-1838’ at the National Library of Jamaica and the National Institute of Jamaica which allowed an opportunity to discuss his research as well as contemporary issues and legacy. During the course of his stay, Stephen met various heritage professionals from local museums and professional researchers. The second leg of the journey took him to Grenada, a smaller island in the south east Caribbean. Here Stephen undertook research in the Supreme Court and made connections with local heritage professional at Grenada National Museum.

To find out more follow the Glasgow West Indies blog.


Introducing Scotland: Perceptions on the Past

Subject Area: History

Type of Activity: Student Exchange: course offered to undergraduates from Lewis and Clark

Convenor: Dr Martin MacGregor

This course is designed specifically for overseas students from Lewis & Clark at the University of Glasgow. It aims to give students a range of stimulating and enjoyable opportunities to experience different aspects of Scottish History and Culture.It carries 10 Scotcat credits. Students wishing to attain credit will be able to follow up areas of interest in short presentations.

The course is run jointly by Scottish History and Scottish Literature from the University's College of Arts and is designed to complement the survey courses run by these subjects at Levels 1 and 2.The course is delivered not through conventional lectures or seminars, but through a series of themed sessions and excursions which aim to exploit the rich cultural resources of the University and Glasgow, and to bring students face to face with a variety of physical evidence: key manuscripts and texts of Scottish literature, paintings and artefacts charting the relationship between Scotland and Romanticism, and the changing townscapes marking Glasgow's evolution from medieval burgh to Second City of the British Empire. The subject matter ranges across Scottish Literature and History from the medieval era to the present day, with a particular emphasis upon Scotland in myth and reality, transatlantic and overseas connections and Glasgow's contribution to both literary and historical spheres. In addition, a study weekend in the Scottish  Borders provides the opportunity to visit sites of historical and cultural interest, and to participate in discussion sessions structured around key literary texts and historical themes.

Staff Exchange

Staff Exchange

Video: Leverhulme Trust Study Abroad Fellowship in Malawi

Subject Area: Humanities Advanced Technology and Information Institute (HATII)

Type of Activity: Study Abroad

Funding: Leverhulme Trust Study Abroad Fellowship, African Development Bank

Lead: Alistair Tough


Alastair Tough [MP4]

Cooperation between DCC, HATII and LISC, UCT

‌Subject Area: Humanities Advanced Technology and Information Institute (HATII)

Type of Activity: Staff Mobility / Research

Funding: £2000, IPDF

Lead: Dr Joy Davidson / Dr Sarah Jones


Building upon initial cooperation with Professor Jaya Raju at LISC, UCT on the development and delivery of an inaugural occasional Master in Digital Curation, Sarah Jones and Joy Davidson were funded by LISC and supported by the IPDF fund to visit Cape Town to provide a series of lectures to staff and students at UCT in March 2014. As a result of our initial cooperation, there have been ongoing discussions around the sign-off of an MoU.


Key outcomes:

A joint-publication (Research Data Management in South Africa: how we shape up) reflecting ongoing research DCC and LISC are undertaking to assess the RDM landscape in South Africa was published in the Australian Academic & Research Libraries in August 2014. AARL is the premier research journal of the Australian Library and Information Association.

Joy Davidson and Sarah Jones were invited by Dr. Reggie Raju to provide an invited paper on Research Data Management in the context of Big Data at the IFLA World Library and Information Congress which took place in Lyon, France in August 2014.

Joy Davidson and Sarah Jones have been asked to serve as Expert Co-Supervisors on PhD studies in LISC.  Sarah Jones will  co-Supervise Michelle Khan’s PhD study (Research data management and curation among art researchers at South Africa’s research-intensive universities). Joy will co-supervise Richard Higg’s PhD study (Critical reflections on the design and implementation of Digital Curation curricula in Higher Education).

Michelle Khan, UCT, visited the UK in August 27-29 2014. In addition to arranging meetings and seminars in HATII, Sarah Jones arranged visits with relevant research contacts in the UK to assist with Michelle’s PhD work.

Joy Davidson has been invited back to UCT to provide a talk at LISC’s 75th Anniversary celebration in late November 2014.  

International Research

International Research

Troodos Archaeological and Environmental Survey Project, Cyprus

Subject Area: Archaeology    

Funding: £242,757 - AHCR, British Academy, Council for British Research in the Levant, Institute for Aegean Prehistory

Lead: Dr Michael Given

The Troodos Archaeological and Environmental Survey Project carried out interdisciplinary survey in a 160-sq km landscape in the northern Troodos Mountains of Cyprus, between 2000 and 2004. Our central aim was to investigate the relationship between people and their environment, from the Neolithic period to the present day. We did so by employing a range of interdisciplinary techniques based around archaeological and geomorphological survey and mapping. In addition, we investigated the area's architecture, botany, and documentary and oral history, as well as the history of mining, metallurgy and agriculture in the region.

 The relationship between people and landscape in our area is a complex and diverse one. A major expansion of settlement in the Early Bronze Age, for example, was clearly based on the exploitation of both agricultural and copper resources, as well as proximity to communication routes. The Late Roman period shows an intricate organisation of settlements, agriculture, forest resources and communication routes to support the massive production of copper at the Skouriotissa mines. 

In all cases it is clear that cultural factors are intimately intertwined with physical landscape factors: sacred places, strategic outlooks and the imposition (and avoidance) of taxation are just as important in past people's experience of the landscape as the availability of water or the outcropping of copper ores.

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