Scottish Philosophy ADED11251E

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

Scottish philosophy covers a very wide range of thought, and Scottish philosophers such as Francis Hutcheson, Thomas Reid, Adam Smith and David Hume have contributed much to the wider western tradition of philosophy and to intellectual activities the world over. This course examines the key concepts and legacy of these Scottish philosophers, most of whom worked at the University of Glasgow.


2 hours per week for 10 weeks

Block: 3: Wednesday, 7pm-9pm

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





Assessment will consist of one piece of work: a 1750 word essay worth 100% of the overall grade.

Course Aims

The aims of the course are:


To give students a critical understanding of the history and substance of Scottish Philosophy.

To encourage students to identity, assess and engage with issues raised around Scottish Philosophy.

To foster a wide range of transferable skills

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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


1. A critical analysis the reasons why Scotland became a leader in philosophy during the Enlightenment.

2. Evaluate relevant arguments put forward by each philosopher.

3. Demonstrate an understanding of the influence and legacy of Scottish Philosophy.


Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.