Everyday Life in Early Modern Scotland module (HY42060)

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Module code


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


Dr Alan MacDonald


  • Group presentation of 20 minutes (20%)
  • Historiographical exercise, 2,500 words (30%)
  • Research essay, 4,000 words (50%)

Module Aims

With a particular emphasis on using primary sources, this module gives students the opportunity to encounter the everyday in early modern Scotland.

  • To introduce students to the theme of everyday life in history through its historiography
  • To train students in reading primary sources for evidence of the everyday
  • To develop students’ skills in research, collaborative work, project development, oral and written communication

Intended learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

  • Knowledge of the range of themes in everyday life that have been studied by historians
  • Awareness of the different source types that can be used for researching aspects of everyday life
  • Understanding and appreciation of the social and cultural contexts which framed the everyday lives of early modern Scots


  • Interrogation of and critical engagement with original sources to obtain insights into everyday life in early modern Scotland
  • An ability to use historiography to support analysis of primary source material and provide context for engagement with primary evidence
  • Working collaboratively to develop research skills with primary sources
  • Development of an independent research project


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