History MA/MA(SocSci)

History 1A: Scotland's Millennium: Kingdom, Union and Nation c 1000-1999 HIST1008

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

History 1A provides a wide ranging introduction to the study of History at University level through an examination of the medieval and modern history of Scotland. Key highlights include the Wars of Independence, the Union of the Crowns and Scotland's social and industrial transformation in the 20th century.


Three lectures per week on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 10-11am plus six one-hour seminars (choice of times) as scheduled on MyCampus. 

Excluded Courses

History 1C: The Independent Kingdom of Scotland

HIST1022 Introduction to Scottish Culture Semester 1

HIST1025 Introduction to Scottish Culture Semester 2


Examination (90 min duration) -- 60%

Essay (1500 words) -- 30%

Seminar contribution -- 10%

Main Assessment In: December

Course Aims

This course will provide the opportunity to

■ Engage with the main features of Scottish history from c.1000 to 2014 and identify major forces instrumental in the shaping of politics, society and culture in Scotland, taking into account that many members of the class may not have studied Scottish history before.

■ Make you aware of current approaches in Scottish History and areas of particular controversy and debate.

■ Encourage you to think broadly, comparatively and conceptually across a long period of time.

■ Provide a secure foundation of knowledge and skills which will enable you to proceed with confidence to Level 2.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Identify and explain the significance of important phases in the history of Scotland from its emergence as a country and people to the 2014 independence referendum.

■ Understand the changing nature of Scottish and British identity and Scotland's position in an evolving British constitutional framework across the period of this course.

■ Make valid comparisons between different parts of Scotland and across different historical periods, on the basis of sound historical evidence.

Analyse primary and secondary sources and express well-evidenced historical arguments in group discussions and written work.

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.