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HI302X: SCOTLAND, EMPIRE AND GENDER, C.1700-1840 (2022-2023)

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Course Overview

This course surveys Scottish involvement in the British Empire in the period c.1700-1840. It explores the relationship between gender and the British imperial project focusing on Scottish sources. Key topics include Scottish sojourning in Atlantic and Asian worlds; gender through the lens of the imperial project; reading for and working with the dignity of enslaved and subject people; sex and family in imperial spaces; reflections on present day legacies of empire; Whiteness and race.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Eloise Grey

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

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • HI352X Scotland, Empire and Gender, c.1700-1840 (Passed)

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

Many Scots travelled to eastern and western spaces of the British empire in search of a fortune to repatriate to Scotland. Many had relationships, normally non-consensual, with non-Europeans and left white families in Scotland. At the same time, intellectual circles in Scotland were developing ideas of femininity, masculinity, and the family, in conversation with their fellow Scots from imperial spaces.

This course examines how modern white forms of masculinity and femininity became constituted through Empire and family, and how non-Europeans were marginalised in this process. It considers how mixed-heritage children fitted into this emotional regime. Students will be introduced to methodologies from Gender History and the History of Emotions to consider how relationships, men, women and families, in Scotland and in colonised spaces, were shaped in order to serve the imperial project. We will explore primary and secondary sources, with a diversity of voices being fundamental to the course. Finally, students will be asked to reflect on present-day resonances of Empire in Scotland and beyond.

Assessment will include seminar participation, a reflective exercise, an essay, and a take-home exam.


Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Lecture during University weeks 8 - 18

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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

Take Home Exam

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 50
Assessment Weeks 20 Feedback Weeks 24

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Feedback

Online written exam: Eight days to complete.

Feedback will be in the form of email notification of marks with comments

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualAnalyseRead sources for marginalised voices, understand ethical and intellectual necessity of reading outside white scholarship and primary sources.
FactualUnderstandUnderstand Scotland’s involvement in the British Empire through the sojourning experience, c.1700-1840.
ProceduralApplyDevelop the ability to use gender history as methodological approach.
ReflectionEvaluateBe able to self-reflect on the legacies of empire in Scotland and colonised spaces.

Essay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 40
Assessment Weeks 14 Feedback Weeks 17

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Feedback

Feedback will be in the form of email notification of marks with comments; general remarks in class and on MyAberdeen; and via optional individual face-to-face meeting where requested.

Word Count 2500
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualAnalyseRead sources for marginalised voices, understand ethical and intellectual necessity of reading outside white scholarship and primary sources.
FactualUnderstandUnderstand Scotland’s involvement in the British Empire through the sojourning experience, c.1700-1840.
ProceduralApplyDevelop the ability to use gender history as methodological approach.
ReflectionEvaluateBe able to self-reflect on the legacies of empire in Scotland and colonised spaces.

Tutorial/Seminar Participation

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 10
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback will be in the form of email notification of marks with comments; general remarks in class and on MyAberdeen.

Assessed throughout duration of course seminar: wks 9-19

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualAnalyseRead sources for marginalised voices, understand ethical and intellectual necessity of reading outside white scholarship and primary sources.
FactualUnderstandUnderstand Scotland’s involvement in the British Empire through the sojourning experience, c.1700-1840.
ProceduralApplyDevelop the ability to use gender history as methodological approach.
ReflectionEvaluateBe able to self-reflect on the legacies of empire in Scotland and colonised spaces.

Formative Assessment

Reflective presentation in pairs

Assessment Type Formative Weighting
Assessment Weeks 16 Feedback Weeks

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Feedback

Feedback will be in the form of general remarks in class and optional individual face-to-face meeting where requested.

 

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualUnderstandUnderstand Scotland’s involvement in the British Empire through the sojourning experience, c.1700-1840.
ReflectionEvaluateBe able to self-reflect on the legacies of empire in Scotland and colonised spaces.

Resit Assessments

Take Home Exam

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 100
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback

Online written exam: eight days to complete

Feedback will be in the form of email notification of marks with comments.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ReflectionEvaluateBe able to self-reflect on the legacies of empire in Scotland and colonised spaces.
ConceptualAnalyseRead sources for marginalised voices, understand ethical and intellectual necessity of reading outside white scholarship and primary sources.
FactualUnderstandUnderstand Scotland’s involvement in the British Empire through the sojourning experience, c.1700-1840.
ProceduralApplyDevelop the ability to use gender history as methodological approach.

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