Introduction to Scottish Culture

Course available in person for semester 1 of 2021-22 session. 

This exclusive visiting students course, offers learners with little or no background in Scottish studies an introduction to the development of Scotland through the ages from an interdisciplinary perspective.

With contributions from academic staff in Archaeology, Celtic and Gaelic, History and Scottish Literature, this course addresses how Scotland has been affected by change over time, and how – through the years – Scotland has sought expression in language and literature and the physical environment.

The course is taught in six two-hour classes (involving lectures and participatory discussion).

The aims of this course are to:

  • introduce you to key themes and issues in Scottish history, literature, language and archaeology, with particular emphasis upon exploring nationhood, identity, language and culture.
  • make you aware of the current approaches being taken by scholars towards the history, literature and culture of Scotland, and of areas of particular controversy and debate.
  • enhance critical, analytical and presentational skills, through submission of a written paper.