Undergraduate 

History MA/MA(SocSci)

From Scrolls to Screens: the Materiality of Manuscripts in the 21st Century HIST4288

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

The way we access manuscripts and understand their 'materiality' is dramatically changing in the 21st century, in ways that are important for historians and for the general public. This course introduces students to the historical significance of manuscripts and their place in today's world (especially, but not exclusively, medieval manuscripts). It considers the different physical forms of early manuscripts across the globe, the current methodologies used to analyse the material features of manuscripts (their structure and scribes), and how we interact with manuscripts today, whether in libraries and archives, through social media, as digital images, or via online editions.

Timetable

15x1hr lectures, 5x1hr seminars over 10 weeks as scheduled in MyCampus. This is one of the Honours options in History and may not run every year.

Excluded Courses

None

Co-requisites

None

Assessment

Seminar presentation with PowerPoint (10 minutes,1000 words) - 20%

Secondary literature review (1500 words) - 20%

Manuscript evaluation portfolio - a selection of manuscripts chosen by the student with an accompanying evaluation of their materiality, editions, and digital presence (2500 words) - 60%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. Where, exceptionally, reassessment on Honours courses is required to satisfy professional/accreditation requirements, only the overall course grade achieved at the first attempt will 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. 

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Examine, through discussion and written work, the value of manuscripts today for historians and for the general public.

■ Recognise the variety of manuscript forms found across different periods and different parts of the world.

■ Apply technical methodologies to analyse a manuscript's material features.

■ Engage with and evaluate the scholarly field of manuscript studies and its recent development.

■ Critically evaluate the ways in which manuscripts are presented, both digitally and in print.

■ Undertake independent analysis of a selection of manuscripts, developing skills essential to future independent research projects.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Recognise the value of manuscripts today for historians and for the general public.

■ Study a variety of manuscript forms from different time periods and different parts of the world.

■ Examine the different ways in which manuscripts are presented, both digitally and in print.

■ Become familiar with the methodologies historians use when analysing manuscripts.

■ Engage with recent developments in the field of manuscript studies.

■ Undertake independent analysis of a selection of manuscripts, developing skills essential to future independent research projects.

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.