Scots And The 'scottish Question' HIST4024

  • Academic Session: 2017-18
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 60
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This Special Subject uses a range of primary sources to explore attitudes to the 'Scottish Questions', including journalism, literature, political analysis and polemics, parliamentary debates and official government papers, autobiography and personal testimony


Tuesday and Thursday 3pm - 4.30pm

Requirements of Entry

Successful completion of junior honours in hsitory


2 essays each 1500-2000 words in length (one submitted in each semester) 2 seminar papers (one submitted in each semester) 2 seminar presentations (one given in each semester) 2 x 2hr exam in April/May diet

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

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

1. to prepare students for independent and original analysis of a complex range of evidence, including source materials, thereby developing intellectual skills which will be of benefit in a wide range of careers.
2. to show students how a professional historian works.
3. to 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).
4. to ensure, through student-led discussion, that the relative validity of alternative historical interpretations is fully recognised.
5. to encourage students to develop the confidence, imagination, skills and self-discipline required to master a similarly demanding brief in the future, whether in historical research or in any sphere or emploment where these qualities are valuable.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

Having completed this particular module, you should be able to demonstrate:
(1) an appreciation and understanding of the principal themes, issues and controversies relating to the constitutional question in twentieth-century Scotland;
(2) the ability to evaluate a complex range of historical sources, both primary and secondary, relating to twentieth-century Scotland;
(3) critical skills relating to the use of original historical sources with sensitivity and discrimination;
(4) the abililty to formulate and present arguments, based on your knowledge of the subject, in group discussions and in writing.

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.