Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Scottish history in maps ADED11399

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 0
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

Maps are fascinating documents, packed with information about land use and ownership, the development of towns and cities, and how geography has influenced history. This course looks at the changing face of the country as shown by map-makers, from the 16th century to the present. This class may also be useful to local and family historians.


2 hours per week for 5 weeks (weeks 1-5)

Block 1

Wednesdays, 18.00-20.00

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

The course aims to give students: 

■ an understanding of the sequences of maps available for study; 

■ a basic understanding of the arts of the cartographer; 

■ an overview of Scottish history; 

■ an understanding of how maps can be used to illuminate and interpret Scottish history.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ identify and locate appropriate maps for study; 

■ identify the circumstances and manner in which these maps were produced; 

■ evaluate how maps can contribute to a knowledge and understanding of Scottish history.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits