Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Scotland in ten buildings ADED11626E

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Full Year
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

Scotland has a rich tradition of architecture, from the prehistoric settlements of Skara Brae and Kilmartin, through Gothic cathedrals and Renaissance castles and palaces, to the Victorian splendour of our city centres and beyond. This course offers case studies of ten significant structures in Scotland, including the contentious Scottish Parliament building. We'll discuss the buildings themselves, the people who planned them, their historic and social contexts, the uses to which they were put, and the meanings they have had over the years.


Two hours per week for 10 weeks

Block 2, Thursdays, 10.00-12.00

Block 3, Thursdays, 13.00-15.00

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





Essay (approximately 1500 words) from a choice of titles (75%); visual test in class: identification, comparison and discussion of buildings (as shown through slides) (25%). An alternative assessment can be arranged for students whose disabilities would prevent them performing satisfactorily in the visual test.

Course Aims

The course aims to:

■ Introduce students to the architectural history of Scotland, through ten case studies of significant structures

■ Place these structures in their various architectural, historical and cultural contexts

■ Encourage students to use secondary sources such as printed and online resources in relation to Scottish architecture

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Identify the key architectural styles encountered in Scotland, as evident through the case studies

■ Describe and discuss the social, political and cultural influences on Scottish architecture

■ Identify the key secondary printed and online resources to research a building's history.

■ Place Scottish buildings within their time frame and context

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.