Medieval Scotland - Monarchical, political and military perspectives. ADED11688

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 0
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

The MacMalcolms, Bruces and Stewarts ruled Scotland from the 11th to 16th centuries. We will examine the challenges from other claimants to the throne, especially during the Wars of Independence. This course will also consider a number of other themes including the rise and fall of the Lords of the Isles, the Western and Northern Isles becoming Scottish, relations with France and with England, and feudalism and the development of parliament.


Block 1

2 hours per week for 10 weeks

Monday, 12.45-14.45 (Baljaffray Parish Church, East Dunbartonshire)

Thursday, 10.00-12.00 (University campus)

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses






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:

■ Provide an introduction to key aspects of the history of Medieval Scotland.

■ Consider the role of the various royal dynasties and the problems facing them.

■ Examine political developments like the birth of parliament and the causes of the Wars of Independence.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Describe the changing dynasties of kings over time, and the challenges they met to their rule.

■ Analyse the causes and the course of key historical events like the Wars of Independence.

■ Describe the nature of Scotland's foreign relations during the period.

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.