Scotland under the early Stewart kings 1371-1603 ADED11426E

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

The failure of the Bruce line saw the emergence of the Stewarts as Scotland's royal dynasty. As monarchs, they embraced the Renaissance; entered into regal union with France; endured the Reformation; and entered into regal union with England. Was James I truly a tyrant? Was Mary really the 'Harlot of Rome'? Was James VI the 'wisest fool in Christendom'?


2 hours per week for 10 weeks

For timetable details, please see our web pages University of Glasgow - Study - Short courses

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





Essay (100%) - 2000 words. 

Course Aims

This course aims to: 

■ Provide a broad and stimulating approach to the events instrumental in shaping the politics, society, culture and economy in late medieval Scotland

■ Consider the contribution of the Stewart kings to Renaissance art, science and literature

■ Discuss the development of economic expansion into the Baltic under the Stewart kings

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Compare and contrast the policies and actions of the different Stewart kings

■ Critically evaluate the progress of events within the period covered by the course

■ Actively consider a range of contemporary sources in order to determine the relative value of varying forms of historical evidence

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.