Scotland and the World (Summer School) HIST2018

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 2 (SCQF level 8)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This four-week module, to be run under the auspices of the Centre for Scottish and Celtic Studies, is to enable International Summer School students to engage with the cultures and histories of Scotland through the multi-disciplinary perspectives offered by Archaeology, Celtic languages, History and Literature. The course focuses on the common, overarching question of how Scottish society has interacted with the outside world. This will be the central problematic explored by each of the disciplines.


5 x 1-hour class meetings over four weeks as scheduled in MyCampus, consisting of: 

8 x 1-hour lectures

2 x 1-hour roundtable


Requirements of Entry

Open to all students registering with, and accepted by, the International Summer School.

Excluded Courses





Summative assessment consists of two pieces of written work.

Source review (1000 words) - 40%

Essay (2000 words) - 60%

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. Where, exceptionally, reassessment on Honours courses is required to satisfy professional/accreditation requirements, only the overall course grade achieved at the first attempt will 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:

■ Introduce students to Scotland's historic links to the wider world using Archaeology- Celtic/Gaelic-, History- and Scottish Literature-based case studies.

■ Explore key debates on how Scottish society developed external connections through the migration of people, commodities, ideas and writings 

■ Familiarise humanities-based modes of analysis and enable individual and group work with a range of relevant sources across different disciplines.  

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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


■ Describe Scottish society's range of interactions with the outside world prior to the 21st century.

■ Analyze how such connections reshaped Scotland as well as influencing developments in the societies with which Scotland interacted.

■ Evaluate relevant primary and secondary sources and assess the problems of interpretation arising from these sources.

■ Explain, through class discussion and written work, the different approaches Humanities-based disciplines use to interpret particular themes or subject matter.

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.