The Scottish Highlands & Islands: Health, Politics and Society 1759-1948 - HY42058

Quick Facts

  • Level 4
  • 30 Credits
  • Semester 1
  • 24 places
  • History - School of Humanities
  • Coursework 100%

Module Details

This module will focus on fostering a critical engagement of the historiography of the Scottish Highlands & Islands. Why did a peripheral rural region of Scotland experience disproportionate governmental intervention throughout the nineteenth century in the political, social and health spheres. Students will use contemporary, archival and modern sources to inform their analysis of the historiography, which will enable them to develop those critical skills.




Dr Patricia Whatley


Structured learning will take place in a workshop format including lectures, seminar discussion, case study analysis, collaborative thinking and reflective learning.


This module is assessed as follows:

  • Research Essay (3,000 words) at end of module
  • Assessed Tasks (2 short essays of c.800 words each)
  • Participation in Discussion Board
  • Group presentations


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Module Aims


This module aims:

  • to expose students to a wide range of primary sources relating to the Highlands and Islands
  • to provide students with the skills and knowledge to investigate and critically examine the key historical interpretations and debates from clearance to modernity using both primary and secondary sources
  • to enable students to demonstrate an understanding of the forces, local, national and international that shaped the development of the Highlands and Islands 

Intended learning outcomes

Students will acquire:

  • detailed knowledge and a critical understanding of scholarly debates on the key issues of Highland history
  • an awareness and understanding of the relationship of the Highlands with the rest of Scotland and the UK
  • an ability to critically analyse and evaluate the historiography of the Highlands and islands
  • proficiency in the identification and analysis of a range of primary archival sources for historical research of the Highlands and Islands