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.

Modern Scottish Language ENGLANG4062

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: School of Critical Studies
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

The diversity of languages and dialects in Scotland reflects the complex historical and cultural mixture of the country itself. This course looks at the Scots language and the varieties of English spoken in Scotland, and examines topics such as its regional variation, the linguistics of Scots and Scottish English, and our resources for learning more about those languages in use.


1 x 2hr session per week (comprising 1 x 1hr lecture; 1 x 1hr seminar) over 10 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus.


This is one of the Honours options in English Language and Scottish Literature and may not run every year. The options that are running this session are available on MyCampus.

Requirements of Entry

Available to all students fulfilling requirements for Honours entry into English Language or Scottish Literature, and by arrangement to visiting students or students of other Honours programmes who qualify under the University's 25% regulation.

Excluded Courses



Portfolio of three written assignments (totalling 3,000 words) - 50%

Examination (90 minutes duration)  - 50%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses

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 will provide the opportunity to:

■ gain an understanding of modern Scots and modern Scottish English from a range of linguistic viewpoints;

■ apply this understanding to the language situation of modern Scotland;

■ examine variation in Scots and Scottish English across dialect areas.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ describe the key aspects of Scots and Scottish English from its origins to the present;

■ identify linguistic features associated with the key dialects of Scots and Scottish English;

■ analyse the use of Scots and Scottish English in a range of situations, including text and interaction;

■ use and evaluate resources for the study of Scots and Scottish English, including digital resources.

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.