The Vikings in Scotland: menace or maker? ADED11464E

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

The Viking impact on Scotland was dramatic and long lasting. By examining historical, literary and archaeological evidence this course hopes to develop a better understanding of this formative period in Scotland's past.


Block 2

2 hours per week for 10 weeks

Mondays, 18.00-20.00

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





1 critique of a case study (c. 600-800 words) 30%. 

1 essay of c. 2000 words, comparing and contrasting two key topics discussed in class: 70%.

Course Aims

The course aims to:

■ introduce students to the variety of sources for Viking activity in Scotland. 

■ examine those sources critically in an attempt to gain as accurate a picture as possible as to the nature of the Viking impact.

■ compare and contrast Viking activities in different locations and through time. 

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Assess the Viking impact on Scotland, examining different aspects in time and space.

■ Critically examine the archaeological, historical and literary evidence for this impact.

■ Explain why interpretations of this evidence have varied so much.

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.