History 3 Migrant Nation: Scotland and the Modern World 1745-1979 Non Honours HIST3015

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 3 (SCQF level 9)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This course critically reflects on migrant, immigrant and emigrant traditions that shaped Scotland in the modern period.


1x1hr lecture; 1x1hr seminar per week over 10 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus.


This is one of the Level 3 options in History and may not run every year. The options that are running this session are available on MyCampus

Requirements of Entry

Grade D3 or above in one of the History level 2 courses or at the discretion of the Head of History.

Excluded Courses

HIST4203 Migrant Nation: Scotland and the Modern World 1745-1979.




Essay (2,000 words) - 30%

Exam (2 hours) - 50%

10 minute seminar presentation accompanied by 500 word handout and powerpoint presentation - 20%

Main Assessment In: April/May

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. 

The presentation is not available for reassessment

Course Aims

This course will provide the opportunity to

■ prepare students for independent and original analysis of a complex range of evidence, including source materials, thereby developing intellectual skills that will be of benefit in a wide range of careers.

■ familiarise students, through source-criticism, with a wide range of problems of interpretation arising from different usages of language, underlying meanings and intentions, differing standards of objectivity, and the variety of purpose and intent associated with historical evidence (written, visual or other).

■ ensure, through student-led discussion, that the relative validity of alternative historical interpretations is recognised.

■ encourage students to develop imagination, skills and self-discipline required to master a similarly demanding brief in the future, whether in historical research or in any sphere or employment where these qualities are valuable.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Explain how and why internal migratory traditions shaped the emergence of modern Scotland

■ Explain how and why emigration from Scotland changed over time in relation to causes and motives; destinations; the role of the state; the role of the economy; modern technology and infrastructural change.

■ Explain how and why immigrants from Ireland, Italy and Eastern European made an important contribution to the modern development of urban Scotland.

■ Articulate how migration, emigration and immigration inter-relate in the story of modern Scotland.

■ Show evidence of the development of organisational, communication and interpersonal skills.

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.