Scottish Literature 1A: Approaching Scottish Literature SCOTLIT1013

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

Short Description

This course introduces students to the subject of Scottish literature by exploring a range of texts by key Scottish authors and mapping these to the Scottish literary tradition. In this course the focus will be chiefly on the genres of poetry and prose and texts will be selected from the earliest times to the present day.


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: December

Course Aims

This course will provide the opportunity to:

■ Introduce students to the main themes and writers of the Scottish literary tradition.

■ Present texts and writers within cultural, political and historical contexts.

■ Focus on the generic literary forms of the set texts.

■ Explore the development and literary use of the Scots language

■ Enable students to 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

■ comment on the place of Scots language in Scottish literature

■ illustrate basic skills of literary criticism, grasping concepts such as literary genre and form, narrative point of view, the use of irony, figurative language, etc, and be able to use these in practical criticism and essays

■ demonstrate awareness of key literary / historical periods and movements

■ 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.