For King and Covenant ADED11428

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 0
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

What were the aims of the Covenanters of the 17th century? Were they solely concerned with religion? And who were the people who signed their name to the National Covenant? This short course will consider monarchy and nobility, the impact on Scotland of the Union of 1603, post-Reformation religion, and relations with England and Ireland.


Block 2, weeks 1-5

2 hours per week for 5 weeks



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

This course aims to:

■ Provide students with an understanding of the background to the Covenanting movement, the key figures involved, the main features of the religious and constitutional revolution effected by the Covenanters, and the longer-term impact of the Covenanting movement.

■ Explore Scotland's relations with Ireland and England through an assessment of the Wars of the Three Kingdoms.

■ Encourage class discussion and provide access to primary source material.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Demonstrate a sound knowledge and understanding of the political, religious, economic and social context in which the Covenanting movement existed.

■ Compare and contrast Scotland's relations with Ireland and England through an assessment of the Wars of the Three Kingdoms.

■ Actively consider a range of relevant contemporary sources.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits