The Scottish Enlightenment: Ideas and Influences SCOTLIT4013
- Academic Session: 2019-20
- School: School of Critical Studies
- Credits: 20
- Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
- Typically Offered: Semester 2
- Available to Visiting Students: Yes
This is an Honours level interdisciplinary course which introduces visiting students to the ideas of the Scottish Enlightenment and their lasting influence.
One x 1 hour lecture per week. One seminar per week.
Requirements of Entry
This course is open in the first instance ONLY to visiting students from the Principia Consortium (consortium of US Liberal Arts Colleges). In the event of the course being undersubscribed, places MAY be made available to other visiting students at the discretion of Scottish Literature.
This course is available only to visiting students from the Principia Consortium. It is not at present open to home students.
Along with this course, Prinicipia students will be required to choose and undertake other University courses to satisfy their credit requirements.
One critical essay (40%)
One extended essay (50%)
Seminar attendance and performance (10%)
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.
The aims of this course are:
- To introduce students to key themes, issues and ideas of the Scottish Enlightenment with particular emphasis upon exploring their continued relevance.
- To examine the legacy of the Scottish Enlightenment in diverse areas of culture and intellectual enquiry.
-To make students aware of the current approaches being taken by scholars towards the Enlightenment and of areas of particular controversy and debate
- To enhance critical, discursive and analytical skills through completion of written assessment.
- To provide a unique learning experience through excursions and site visits to libraries and museums in Scotland's other important cultural centres.
Intended Learning Outcomes of Course
By the end of this course students will be able to:
- To have achieved some knowledge and understanding of key themes, ideas and issues related to the Scottish Enlightenment
- To demonstrate an awareness of the intellectual and cultural legacy of the Scottish Enlightenment
- To have acquired a knowledge of the latest critical thinking on the subject, including areas of particular controversy and debate
- To have enhanced their critical, discursive and analytical skills through completion of written assessment
- To be able to demonstrate awareness of historic and cultural dimensions of Glasgow and Scotland.
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.