18th century Scotland ADED11474

  • 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

This course will examine thematically the most important aspects of Scotland in the 18th century. Beginning with the Union of 1707, we will go on to discuss popular politics and reform, including the impact in Scotland of the American and French revolutions; agricultural revolution and early industrialisation; demographic change and urbanisation; religion; the Enlightenment; and education.


Block 2, weeks 1-5 

2 hours per week for 5 weeks



Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





No summative assessments will be undertaken.

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

The course aims to:

■ Focus on the important aspects of Scottish history in the 18th century: politics, economics, society, religion, culture, education, Jacobitism, international relations and national identity.

■ Encourage student participation in the classes through informal discussions and debates and analysis of pertinent contemporary sources.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Demonstrate familiarity with and understanding of the main aspects of eighteenth century Scottish history.

■ Critically evaluate a range of relevant contemporary sources as well as the latest academic research on the topic.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Not applicable to a non-credit bearing course