Scotland after the Union 1707-1838

Key facts

  • Cost: £160
  • Credits: 10


Scotland experienced profound and long-lasting social, economic and cultural changes after the Union with England in 1707, including revolutions in agriculture, industry and culture. Other developments during this momentous period include the rise and fall of Jacobitism, the Highland and rural clearances, emigration and access to markets in England and the Empire. Is it any wonder this era is frequently depicted in books, TV and films such as the popular ‘Outland’ series. But was this a straightforward ‘takeover’ or were the changes the Union brought eagerly absorbed? How did daily life for the people of Scotland differ? Was this a ‘new’ Scotland within ‘Greater Britian’ or the same old nation and divisions? 

Whether you are interested in Scottish history, politics, industry or culture, take this course to see the bigger picture of dramatic events shaping its development during this tumultuous era. 

Over a series of talks our expert tutor will explain: 

  • the key people and events of this exciting period 
  • the impact of industrialisation and urbanisation 
  • key evidence from these events and later historical perspectives and debates 

Choose this course if you want to learn: 

  • More about the significant events in society, politics and the economy of Scotland in this period 
  • How developments in agriculture, industry, urbanisation and the Enlightenment changed Scottish society 


Who is this course for?

Anyone new to studying history and interested in: 

  • Scottish history, politics and people between 1707 and 1838. 
  • The industrial and agricultural revolutions in Scotland 


10 credits at SCQF 7 / Level 1.  

These credits can contribute towards the attainment of Certificate or Diploma in Higher Education 


1,500-word Essays (75% of the final mark)  

800–1000-word Source Analysis (25% of the final mark)

Mode of study

This 10-week course will be delivered online via two-hour seminars led by a tutor over Zoom. Course materials will be provided via our online learning platform Moodle 


  • Can begin your study of history at university level  
  • contribute towards a Certificate or Diploma in Higher Education 

Find out more

The University holds open days throughout the year where you can meet with staff to discuss our short course provision. Find out more about University of Glasgow open days