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HI4015: SPECIAL SUBJECT (2015-2016)

Last modified: 25 Mar 2016 11:33

Course Overview

The Special Subject is the central final year History course, and each Special Subject deals in depth with a specific historical topic. Substantial emphasis is placed on the analysis of primary sources. Students typically have a choice of around a dozen different topics (of which they choose one), and the seminar-based learning environment is enhanced through the small group setup with normally no more than 12 students in each Special Subject.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Colin Barr
  • Professor Andrew Blaikie
  • Dr Christoph Dartmann
  • Professor Karin Friedrich
  • Professor Robert Frost
  • Dr Alastair Macdonald
  • Dr Andrew MacKillop
  • Dr Elizabeth Macknight
  • Dr Frederik Pedersen
  • Professor Thomas Weber

Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • One of Erasmus Off Campus (Studied) or European Studies (EU) (Studied) or History (HI) (Studied)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Programme Level 4

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

An intensive study of a limited historical theme, problem or period on the basis of prescribed primary sources and other materials. Precise details of the subjects available reflecting current research interests of staff, will be announced to Honours candidates during the preceding session. Topics covered in previous years include: Vikings c800-1200; Canon Law and Lawyers in the Middle Ages; Scotland, England and Ireland 1286-1329; The Anglo-Scottish Frontier in the Later Middle Ages; The Revival of Millenariansism in Post-Reformation Britain, Europe & America; Irish Political Thought; Scotland, England and The Acts of Union, 1707; The American Revolution; The French Revolution; The Scot in Canada; The Indian Mutiny, 1857; Women, Work and Welfare in Europe c1918-39; The USA in the 1920s; Politics and Culture during the Wilson Years: Britain c1956-76.-further information on course selection under this Course Code can be viewed:

HI4015 CB Irish Troubles
HI4015 AB Visualizing the Modern: Photography & Film in Scotland 1840-1980
HI4015 CD Politics & Society in Germany, 1945-1989
HI4015 KF Enlightenment in Comparison: Scotland & Central Europe
HI4015 RF The Thirty Years' War
HI4015 IJ Roaring Shanghai: The Paris of the East in the 1920s
HI4015 AJM The Scottish Wars of Independence 1286-1328
HI4015 AMK 1857: The Indian 'Mutiny'
HI4015 EM The French Revolution
HI4015 FP Women & Men: Courtship, Marriage, and Divorce in the Middle Ages
HI4015 TW Hitler

Further Information & Notes

Students are not permitted to register for this course after the end of week 2 of teaching.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: 1 three-hour written examination (100%).

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.



Course Learning Outcomes


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