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Scotland into the modern age: 1837-1952 ADED11696E

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course will examine the social, economic, political and industrial changes that took place in Scotland from the accession of Queen Victoria to the death of George VI. It will consider the effect of the increasing reliance on the heavy industry that came to define Scotland and the Scots. It will outline the impact of the two world wars and how this experience drove both electoral reform and the development of the welfare state.


Block 3

2 hours per week for 10 weeks

Tuesday, 10.00-12.00

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





1. A short analysis/commentary of a primary source of 500 words (25%)

2. An essay of 1500 words (75%).

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Introduce students to the major themes in the social, economic, political and industrial progression of Scotland from the accession of Queen Victoria to the death of George VI in 1952.

■ Introduce students to the major debates in the historiography of Scotland 1837-1952.

■ Encourage students to develop a familiarity with source material and to establish confidence in its use.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Critically evaluate the fluctuations in Scottish fortunes in terms of social, economic, political and industrial developments.

■ Assess the impact of growing urbanisation and industrialisation in defining Scotland's character. 

■ Assess the impact of the First and Second World Wars on Scotland's development.

■ Critically analyse a primary source, drawing on secondary source material.

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.