Kingdom Conquered: Scotland before Edward I's conquest of 1304 (SS) HIST4270

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 60
  • 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

Our understanding of the nature of the Scottish kingdom that was conquered by Edward I, and our ability to research the people involved in the Wars of Independence and the period leading up to it, has been put on a new footing by recent research the development of specialist digital research tools: (The People of Medieval Scotland database) and This course gives you an opportunity to engage with this recent research and use these resources to understand both new and well established research methods, and to explore new approaches to studying a medieval kingdom and a pivotal period in Scottish History.


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

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

Requirements of Entry

Successful completion of Junior Honours in History.

Excluded Courses





Two exams (2 hour duration) - 30% each

One essay and one research proposal (2,500 words each) - 10% each

Two seminar presentations (20 minutes) accompanied by materials as advised in course instructions - 6% each

Two responses to peer seminar presentations (written up in 300 words) - 4%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses

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 aims 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.

■ Develop transferrable 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, and in 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 British context for the Wars of Independence, and the reasons for Scottish resistance to Edward I

■ Identify and explain the changes in how the 'Anglicisation' 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 in exams, coursework essay/research proposal, orally in seminar presentations, and in discussion in seminars, 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.