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HI4009: SPECIAL SUBJECT: THE SCOTTISH WARS OF INDEPENDENCE, 1286-1328 (2017-2018)

Last modified: 15 Sep 2017 11:45


Course Overview

In 1286 Alexander III of Scotland was found dead at the foot of a cliff and Scotland was engulfed in a period of political instability and eventually war that was to have a profound impact on the future development of the British Isles. The course considers key stages of the ‘wars of independence’ period in chronological sequence until the final triumph of Robert I in 1328. Due consideration will be given to international perspectives in trying to understand the Anglo-Scottish struggle, notably in relation to Ireland, France, Flanders and the Papacy. Download course guide.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Alastair Macdonald

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

  • Either Erasmus Off Campus or History (HI)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Programme Level 4

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

Yes

One or more of these courses have a limited number of places. Priority access will be given to students for whom this course is compulsory. Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for more details on this process.


Course Description

In 1286 Alexander III of Scotland was found dead at the foot of a cliff and Scotland was engulfed in a period of political instability and eventually war that was to have a profound impact on the future development of the British Isles. The course considers key stages of the ‘wars of independence’ period in chronological sequence until the final triumph of Robert I in 1328. Due consideration will be given to international perspectives in trying to understand the Anglo-Scottish struggle, notably in relation to Ireland, France, Flanders and the Papacy. There will also be full consideration of the ‘civil war’ aspect to the struggle most obvious in the clash of Bruce and Balliol supporters after 1306. Alongside this examination of the unfolding political events wider themes will be considered on a weekly basis. These themes include attempts to understand the personalities of some of the major players and analysis of a variety of social groups (women, clerics, ‘commoners’) and conceptual frameworks (geographical factors, national identity, frontier societies) for understanding both insular international relations in this period and important developments within the Scottish kingdom.

Further Information & Notes

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

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

None.

Contact Teaching Time

76 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


Assessment

1st Attempt

  • One 3-hour written examination (100%)

Formative Assessment

None.

Feedback

None.

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