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.

The Transformation of Scotland c.1100-c.1250 (SS) HIST4244

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • 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
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

Our understanding of the transformation Scotland in the 12th and 13th centuries from a 'Celtic' to a 'European' kingdom, with central government, charters, castles, coins, cathedrals, has been put on a new footing by recent collaborative research projects led by the University of Glasgow. This course gives students an opportunity to engage with this new research and the light it throws on primary sources through the new research tools created by these projects, in order to develop their own understanding of this pivotal period in Scottish history, and participate in current debates and rethinking.


1x3hr session per week over 20 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus.

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

Requirements of Entry

Successful completion of Junior Honours in History.

Excluded Courses





Two x 120 minute Examinations - 30% each

Essay (2,500 words) - 10%

research proposal (2,500 words) - 10%

Presentation of 10 minutes on database mini-project - 6%

Presentation of 10 minutes - 6%

Seminar contribution (one grade for each semester) - 4% each

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:

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;

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 (whether written, visual or other);

Ensure, through student-led discussion, that the relative validity of alternative historical interpretations is fully recognised;

Develop professional and practical skills such as the selection, sifting, and synthesis of information from a wide range of primary and secondary sources or the use of IT to search for and access historical sources and information;

Develop transferable skills including oral and written communication, the ability both to lead a group and to work as part of a group, respect for the reasoned views of others, and the ability to manage and take responsibility for one's own learning;

Develop graduate attributes in producing a project presentation and a written research proposal;

Develop graduate attributes using specialised digital resources to find new information and inform discussion;

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 of employment where these qualities are valuable

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Identify and explain the changes in how the transformation of Scotland in this period has been understood by historians, and how this relates to wider historiographical and methodological issues;

■  Identify and engage with new methodologies and approaches to primary material relating to the transformation of Scotland in this period;

■  Distinguish between, and evaluate, different types of evidence relevant to different aspects of the subject;

■ Conduct research using available digital research tools, such as the People of Medieval Scotland and the Models of Authority databases;

■ Present such understanding in clear and concise prose and orally, incorporating a range of substantiating evidence.

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..