Introduction to Scottish Culture Semester 1 HIST1022

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course is offered exclusively to visiting and exchange students and offers learners with little or no background in Scottish studies an introduction to the development of Scotland through the ages from an interdisciplinary perspective. With contributions from academic staff in Archaeology, Celtic and Gaelic, History and Scottish Literature, this course addresses how Scotland has been affected by change over time, and how - through the years - Scotland has sought expression in language and literature and the physical environment.


Six two-hour classes (involving lectures and participatory discussion) as scheduled on MyCampus.

Requirements of Entry

This course is open to visiting International Students ONLY. Erasmus students are not permitted to register for this course.

Excluded Courses






Essay (1500 words) 75%

2 Moodle quizzes (12.5% each, total 25%)

Main Assessment In: December

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Introduce students to key themes and issues in Scottish history, literature, language and archaeology, with particular emphasis upon exploring nationhood, identity, language and culture.

■ Make students aware of the current approaches being taken by scholars towards the history, literature and culture of Scotland, and of areas of particular controversy and debate.

■ Enhance critical, analytical and presentational skills, through submission of a written paper.

■ Complement the knowledge and skills which students will acquire through participation in Level 1 and 2 courses in the College of Arts (particularly Archaeology, Celtic and Gaelic, History and Scottish Literature) at the University of Glasgow.

■ Introduce students to iconic features of Scotland's built environment to observe how interdisciplinary perspectives on Scottish culture are evident in the landscape and heritage (broadly defined).

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Explain the ways in which nationhood has been expressed and contested in Scotland from medieval times to the present.

■ Describe the ways in which identities in Scotland have been contested and have changed over time and been expressed through a variety of media.

■ Explain the ways in which language, literature and material culture have contributed to the ways in which Scotland has been understood.

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.