Exploring Scottish Culture and Heritage (Summer School) HIST1026

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course is a unique opportunity for students of traditional Scottish music/piping to study Scottish culture and heritage at the University of Glasgow Centre for Scottish and Celtic Studies combined with an exploration of Scottish music, incorporating 1:1 tuition, delivered by the National Piping Centre. 


Classes run from the end of July to mid-August.

Requirements of Entry

To attend the International Summer School you must meet the following criteria:

■ You should be a current student enrolled at an international higher education institution

■ If your first language is not English, we require a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent)

■ Most courses require a GPA of at least 3.0. Please refer to the individual courses for details.
Special circumstances may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Excluded Courses





1,500 word learning journal (including footnotes and bibliography). The student writes c.300 words on each discipline's element of the course

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:


■ Use different disciplinary perspectives to explore Scotland's unique nationhood, identity, languages and culture.

■  Introduce students to a sample of the current approaches taken by scholars towards the archaeology, history, literatures and culture of Scotland, and of areas of particular controversy and debate.

■ Introduce participants to a wide range of sources and materials, such as historical texts, archaeological artefacts, novels, Gaelic and Scots poems, paintings, buildings and landscapes.

■  Broaden a critical appreciation of Scottish culture through a series of field trips, which provide a practical and material experience of the themes and debates raised in the classroom and in the set readings/sources.

■ Enhance critical, analytical and presentational skills through use of sources (written, visual, material) and the submission of a learning journal.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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


■ Engage critically with some of the key ways in which Scottish cultures have been expressed and contested in Scotland from early medieval times to the present.

■ Reflect upon their own understandings of some of the key ways in which identities and culture in Scotland have changed over time and been represented through a variety of geographic, built, literary, textual, linguistic and artistic media.

■ Explain some of the ways in which archaeological, linguistic, literary, historic and material cultures have contributed to past and present understandings of Scotland.

■ Understand the value of different disciplinary approaches to the past, how these can inter-relate, and then experienced and tested through classroom and field-trip based learning.

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.