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.

Scotland under the early Stewart kings 1371-1603 ADED11426E

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

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'?


Block 3

2 hours per week for 10 weeks



Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





Essay (100%) - 2,000 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.