Scotland and the Wider World module (HY22006)

Explore seventeenth to twentieth century Scotland within a global context.

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Covering the period 1603-c.1939, this module explores Scotland's interactions with the outside world.

Organised around cross-cutting themes like emigration, empire, trade, warfare, religion, and identity, the module's primary aim is to understand how Scotland fitted into the broader British, European, imperial, and global contexts.

Topics covered in this module include:

  • Anglo-Scottish Union
  • Scotland and the British Empire
  • Scotland and Slavery
  • Scottish Emigration
  • Jacobitism
  • Scottish Missionaries
  • Commerce and Industry
  • The Highland Clearances

What you will learn

In this module, you will:

  • explore seventeenth to twentieth century Scotland in a global context
  • assess Scotland's contribution to developments beyond its borders
  • trace the impact of international linkages on the evolution of Scotland 

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge of Scotland's interactions with other lands in the seventeenth to twentieth centuries
  • critically analyse primary sources

Assignments / assessment

  • essay 2,500 words (45%)
  • group presentation (15%)
  • final exam (40%)

Teaching methods / timetable

  • lectures
  • workshops


This module is available on following courses: