The Scottish Highlands & Islands: Health, Politics and Society 1745-1936 module (HY42058)

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Module code


  • Level 4
  • Semester 1
  • History - School of Humanities
  • Coursework 100%


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. Students will undertake a field trip to the Culloden Battle Group and Visitor Centre.


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 (55%)
  • Short essay (1,500 words) (30%)
  • Group presentations (15%)


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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