Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Art, Culture and Patronage in Renaissance Scotland HIST4239

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

In the first half of the course students are introduced, via lectures and seminars, to the core aspects of the Renaissance and Reformation, and look in detail at how these movements impacted Scotland between the fifteenth and seventeenth centuries. In the second half students are allocated to a short-term research placement in either Glasgow University Collections or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Glasgow, where they are given hands-on access to an original book, document or object relating to the Renaissance and Reformation, usually with a direct link to Scotland.


11 x 1hr lecture; 4 x 1hr seminar; 3 x 3 hour placement sessions. This is one of the honours options in History and may not run every year as scheduled in MyCampus.

Requirements of Entry

Available to all students fulfilling requirements for Honours entry into History, and by arrangement to visiting students or students of other Honours programmes who qualify under the university's 25% regulation.

Excluded Courses





■ Research assessment from placement (3,000 words) - 80%.

■ Seminar Paper (1,500 words) - 20%

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

This course will provide the opportunity to:

■ Develop intellectual interests and analytical skills acquired by students during their first two years.

■ Provide awareness of previously unfamiliar methodological approaches, chronological periods and geographical areas by offering a wide and flexible choice of options.

■ Offer the opportunity to develop skills in historical computing.

■ Develop familiarity with complex historical debates and interpretations, skill in interpreting primary sources where appropriate, and to inform these discussions with new ideas derived from lecturers' current research.

■ Develop transferable skills by fostering individual initiative, personal choice, group discussion and, where appropriate, problem-solving team work.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Critically assess the significance of Scottish cultural achievements between 1406 and 1625 across a wide range of media and themes.

■  Account for the ways in which Scottish culture was changed by the Protestant reformation, and the ways in which it retained elements of pre-reformation culture.

■ Use a range of skills drawn from digital humanities, book history and curatorial and archival practise to disseminate their own research into the Renaissance in Scotland.

■ Employ the skills learned within the course in a placement in the practical and professional arena (please note that this placement does not offer paid employment during the course or subsequently).

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.