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Course Overview

The period from the mid-eighteenth to the mid-nineteenth century was a time of rapid social and political transformation and high cultural achievement in Scotland. The 1707 Union of Parliaments had made the country part of the new polity of Great Britain and the century and a half that followed witnessed a steady growth in Britain's global power. Scotland played a leading role in these developments and Scottish writers responded in diverse ways to the challenges of modernity.  The course examines how these challenges are imagined in key poetic, fictional and philosophical texts.


Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Professor Patrick Crotty

Qualification Prerequisites


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

  • English (EL) (Studied)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Programme Level 3

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Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

Course Aims: The course aims to provide students with knowledge and understanding of important Scottish literary and philosophical texts from the first half of the eighteenth and second half of the nineteenth century. Main Learning Outcomes: By the end of the course, students will be able to: read and appreciate a selection of key Scottish works of the period; understand characteristic technical and thematic and intellectual features of these works; relate the texts to their historical contexts; think and speak cogently about the literary and philosophical culture of Enlightenment Scotland and some of its representative authors and works; discuss complex issues with clarity and cogency, both orally and in writing; write clearly, succinctly, grammatically and idiomatically; organise study time effectively. Content: The period from the aftermath of the 1745 Jacobite rebellion to the middle of the nineteenth century was a time of rapid economic and social transformation and high cultural achievement in Scotland. The 1707 Union of Parliaments had made the country part of the new polity of Great Britain and Scots began to take advantage of consequent opportunities in commerce and to play a central role in the expansion of the British Empire. Scotland made a particular contribution to the eighteenth-century flowering of rational enquiry known as the Enlightenment. The course examines how these developments are exemplified, imagined and resisted in key texts of the period by authors as Ramsay, Hume, Burns, Scott, Hogg, Margaret Oliphant and Susan Ferrier.

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 two hour written examination (40%); 1 essay 2,500 words (35%); 1 exercise 1,500 words (15%); seminar work (10%). Resit: 1 two-hour examination (only marks gained at first attempt can be used for Honours classification).

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.


Detailed written feedback on the essays. Further responses will be available during consultation hours.

Course Learning Outcomes


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