Scottish Rebels, Radicals and Revolutionaries 1780-1914 ADED11278

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 0
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

We will look at the ideas and action of the Scottish radicals and revolutionaries in the period from 1780 to 1914 and chart their fight against economic exploitation and political repression. The actions and ideas of the often unheralded Scottish men and women who fought for social justice in the period covered will be considered within the wider context of the development of class consciousness within the British working class. The course will be taught by a combination of short lectures and class discussion.


2 hours per week for 5 weeks

Block 1: Monday, 1pm-3pm (weeks 6-10)

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses






Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

1) To enable students to understand the ideas of the early radicals

2) To enable students to describe how these ideas took the form of political action

3) To enable students to understand how the ideas of the radicals evolved into other forms of political thought.

4) To enable students to understand 19th century socialist ideas and their social context.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

1) Outline the central ideas of the Scottish radicals.

2) Explain the actions of the Scottish radicals

3) Identify the connections between the radicals and later political activists.

4) Outline the ideas and actions of the early socialists.

The above will be demonstrated through discussion in class.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits