The Covenanters Non Honours HIST3018

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 3 (SCQF level 9)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

The 1638 National Covenant and 1643 Solemn League & Covenant have cast a long shadow over Scotland and its diaspora. But who were the Covenanters? In this module students will investigate the origins, development and legacy of the Scottish Covenanting tradition by exploring: the reception of the Covenants in Scottish parishes; government under the Covenanters; the anti-Covenanter backlash after the 1660 Restoration; key features of later Covenanting protest; and the ways in which the Covenants were remembered and reimagined in the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries.


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

History Honours The Convenanters (HIST4140).




Exam (2 hours) - 50%

Essay (2,000 words) - 40%

6 minute seminar presentation with handout or powerpoints - 10%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Introduce students to the historical significance of the Covenanters within and beyond Scotland.

■ Provide students with an opportunity to engage with forms of protest, print, and political discourse in the early modern period.

■ Develop students' ability to analyse and evaluate primary and secondary sources.

■ Develop students' ability to formulate and communicate arguments using evidence.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Indicate an understanding of the Covenanters and their legacy.

■ Recognise that the Covenants were controversial.

■ Engage with primary sources.

■ Deliver a presentation on an appropriate topic.

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.