Five famous Scots ADED11477

  • 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 five famous figures in Scottish history: William Wallace, Robert Bruce, John Knox, Bonnie Prince Charlie and Patrick Sellar. We will discuss their lives and their reputations during their own lifetimes and since their deaths, to learn how they have been manipulated over the years to suit the particular aims and ambitions of individuals and groups.


2 hours per week for 5 weeks

Block 2: Wednesday, 1-3 pm

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

This course aims to:

■ Focus on the reputations of important figures in Scottish history over a lengthy period of time.

■ Develop an awareness of historiographical changes and the importance such factors as religion, political ambitions and national identity can have on historical reputations.

■ Encourage student participation in the classes through informal discussions, debate 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 importance contemporary political, social, economic and religious objectives and bias can have on the interpretation of historical figures.

■ 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