A history of the western seaboard of Scotland ADED11455E

  • 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

This course will provide a history of the western seaboard of Scotland from the earliest times to the early twentieth century. It will cover social, political and economic aspects from Dal Riada, the Vikings, Somerled and the Lordship of the Isles to Jacobitism, famine, clearance and emigration.


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





One essay of 2,000 words.

Course Aims

The course aims to:

■ Introduce students to major themes in the social, political, economic and territorial developments of the western seaboard of Scotland from the earliest times to the turn of the twentieth century

■ Provide an understanding of the various peoples who inhabited the region; the similarities and differences in their societies and cultures; and the advent and impact of Christianity on the regio.

■ Encourage students to develop a familiarity with the various primary and secondary source material and to establish confidence in their use.

■ Provide a solid foundation in the knowledge and skills necessary to enable students to proceed to further study at a more advanced level

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Demonstrate knowledge of the role of Dal Riada in the creation of Scotland from the sixth to the ninth centuries

■ Critically evaluate the degree of influence of the Kingdom of Man and the Isles in the development of the region during the tenth to the twelfth centuries

■ Actively consider the involvement of the Stewart kings in the region

■ Evaluate the support for Jacobitism in the region in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries

■ Describe the reasons behind emigration and clearance from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries

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.