Scottish Literature 1B: Reading the Nation SCOTLIT1012

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Critical Studies
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course examines a range of Scottish literary texts from the earliest times to the present day within key historic and cultural themes such as history, politics and language. This course explores the critical tradition of Scottish literature and seeks to offer new ways of examining the subject.


Lectures on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 2pm over 10 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus; weekly one hour seminar (choice of times) over 9 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus.

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





Coursework: One 2000 word essay (30%)

One set exercise (20%)

Examination: One 90 minute examination (50%)

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

The course will provide the opportunity to:

■ Present to students the main themes and writers of the Scottish literature in the context of a tradition of Scottish literary criticism.

■ Cover different literary genres within cultural, political and historical themes and contexts

■ Explore the development and literary use of the Scots language

■ Introduce students to the vitality of contemporary writing

■ Develop the essential skills of literary criticism.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ demonstrate knowledge of the Scottish literary canon and its key writers and ideas and articulate an understanding of the critical tradition of Scottish literature

■ illustrate an understanding of the way in which Scots language functions within the Scottish literary and critical tradition

■ illustrate basic skills of literary criticism, by analysing different literary genres and demonstrating an awareness of form and other key literary characteristics

■ demonstrate awareness of key literary / theoretical concepts and explain these within the context of discussing and writing about the texts on the course

■ demonstrate skills of research and presentation in written form, both in terms of close reading of texts, and in wider critical / cultural analysis

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.