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Course Overview

Questions of national identity have been thrown into high relief by devolution and potential independence, so how might we explain contemporary Scotland?  Assessing what Scotland and Scottishness are today requires a thematic approach to historical understanding.  This course provides a case study of how ideas about of the development of nations stand up against the evidence since the mid-eighteenth century.  It addresses popular myths about difference from England, industrial development and decline, education and empire, immigration and emigration, sectarianism, political allegiance, tourism and heritage as well as the images and icons constituting ‘Scottishness’.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Professor Andrew Blaikie

Qualification Prerequisites


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

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Programme Level 4

What other courses must be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

How might we explain the origins of our understanding of contemporary Scotland? This course provides a thematic interpretation of one country by relating relevant social theories to questions of nationhood, identity and culture and considering the cultural impact of economic and social change from the mid-eighteenth century to the present day. Pervasive myths surrounding community, egalitarianism and difference from England are explored in relation to a wide range of topics including: industrial development and decline, education and empire, immigration and emigration, sectarianism, political allegiance, tourism and heritage.

Further Information & Notes

This module is available to students on all non-History degree programmes as a Discipline Breadth course for the enhanced study requirement. However, the admission of students with a non-History degree intention will be at the discretion of the School of Divinity, History, and Philosophy.

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown


More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

For level 4 the assessment will be: Ist attempt: one three-hour examination (60%); in-course written assessment: one 3000 word essay (30%); participation, including presentation, chairing and responding to class presentations (10%) This course may not be included in a graduating curriculum with HI304S/HI354S.

Formative Assessment

Formative assessment includes feedback on seminar performance, presentation, and discussion on essay planning and readings.


Verbal feedback is given on all aspects of student performance in individual meetings. Specific written (via essay feedback forms) and verbal feedback is given on essays and class presentations.

Course Learning Outcomes


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