The History of Dundee 1700-2000

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Module code


  • Level 1
  • Semester 1
  • History - School of Humanities
  • Coursework 100%
  • Evening classes, Wednesdays 1800-2000


The aim of this module is to offer an introduction to the history of the city of Dundee. It introduces students to the periodisation of the city’s history. It contracts Dundee with other Scottish cities, primarily Edinburgh and Glasgow. It sets the history of Dundee in its global context. The aim is to enable students to understand specific architectural, social and economic features of the city in historical context. The following will be considered in class:


  • Dundee as Renaissance City
  • Trade and the growth of the city
  • The maritime quarter and the rise of whaling
  • The Victorian city and class
  • Dundee and Modernism
  • “City of Women”: The role of gender in civic development
  • From Dundee to Tel Aviv and back again: Dundee in the history of urban planning


Mr Andrew McDiarmid


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


Course Journal (70%)

Source Interpretation (30%)

Intended learning outcomes

By the end of the module students should have acquired:

  • An integrated understanding of the spatial development of the city
  • An understanding of the global context of civic development
  • Capacity to use artifacts and objects as historical sources
  • a development or enhancement of a range of skills including
    • the ability to analyse and evaluate the historian’s use of evidence
    • the ability to use material culture as evidence.
    • skills in oral presentation including use of PowerPoint or equivalent software
    • analytical and debating skills
    • writing abilities for journals and captions.
    • The ability to identify and frame problems or research questions and select appropriate information to address these. 
    • The ability to engage in critical appraisal of others’ contributions in a live interaction.