UCEAP Scotland, the City of Glasgow and the Origins of the Modern World POLITIC3022P

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Social and Political Sciences
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 3 (SCQF level 9)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course examines the history, politics, culture and socio-economic development of Scotland. It explores historic and contemporary understandings of Scottish nationhood.


One day per week for 8 weeks (mid-June to early August). Normally there will be a one-hour lecture followed by a one-hour seminar discussion in the morning with fieldwork cultural visits in the afternoon. There will also be two additional all-day external trips, to the Robert Burns Museum and to New Lanark. There will be 7 weeks of class and a final meeting for assessment of the group presentations. There will also be optional drop-in office hour sessions for students to gain feedback on the discussions undertaken in class and on the trips

Requirements of Entry

You should be a current student enrolled at a higher education institution

There is no age restriction other than that you must be 18 years or over.

If your first language is not English we require a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent)

You should have a GPA of at least 3.0 (or equivalent). Special circumstances may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Excluded Courses





A short written report (1,500 words) based upon reflections of contribution to the group presentation will form 75 per cent of the final course mark. Participation in the group presentation will comprise 25 per cent of the final course mark. Topics for the presentations will be drawn from the topics of the lectures and developed in consultation with staff and tutors. Grading will be on the standard University grading scale, assessment of both elements will be undertaken by academic staff drawn from the teaching team. Group presentations will be recorded to allow for moderation and access by external markers. The assessment procedures will be explained and discussed in detail during the seminars where students will be encouraged to seek advice and feedback on presentation skills.


Students who are unable to participate in the group presentation will be offered the option of submitting a replacement essay (up to 1000 words) on a topic drawn from the lectures and agreed with the teaching team.

Course Aims

This summer school course aims:

To examine the historical development of the Scottish Nation, its politics and culture.

To introduce students to the role of Scotland and particularly the city of Glasgow in the industrial revolution and the British Empire.

To understand the nature of the Scottish Enlightenment and the wider Scottish contribution to science and discovery since the eighteenth century.

To introduce students to the development of Scottish politics in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, including devolution, nationalism and the Scottish Parliament.

To critically examine the events of the 2014 Independence Referendum.

To engage with wider questions of nationalism and national identity both political and cultural as exemplified by the Scottish experience.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Explain and assess the origins and development of Scottish nationalism and national identity

■ Critically evaluate Scotland's contribution to major political, social, economic and scientific achievements in the world from the 18th to 21st Centuries;

■ Outline and evaluate the development of the Scottish economy from the 18th Century until the present day;

■ Analyse Scotland's political relationship with the rest of the UK under 'Devolution';

■ Critically assess the main debates in the 'Yes' and 'No' campaigns in the 2014 Scottish Independence Referendum

■ Critically appraise the role of the city of Glasgow in Scotland's political, socio-economic and cultural development

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.