Scottish National Identities Since 1807 module (HY51039)

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This module provides an in-depth examination of how historians conduct their research.

Major topics to be studied will include:

  • Victorian Romanticism and Jacobitism
  • The Scottish Chiefs and the National tale
  • Building Monuments to Wallace and Bruce
  • National Identity under the Union State
  • National Identity ‘Out of Place’
  • ‘Our’ National Identity formed by Others
  • Returning Nationalists & Charismatic Leadership
  • Home Rule
  • Beginnings of the SNP
  • Mobilizing Civil Society
  • The Settled Will
  • The Road to Independence


This module is assessed as follows:

  • Essay - 4,000 words (55%)
  • Assessed tasks - 2 short essays of c. 1,000 words (30%)
  • Module journal - c. 500 words every 2 weeks (15%)

Intended learning outcomes

The student should by the end of the course acquire:

  • An understanding the competing carriers of national identity in modern Scotland.
  • The inter-relationship of Scottish and British identities.
  • Knowledge of the transition from national identity to nationalism.
  • the role of charismatic leaders in shaping Scottish national identity.
  • an ability to contrast Scottish national identity within Empire, the diaspora and within the nation.


The module aims to:

  • provide students with the specialist research skills that they will need to complete a module in modern Scottish history.
  • introduce students to the conceptual flexibility needed to study Scottish national identity over two centuries.
  • examine the ways in which historians conduct research into national identity and nationalism.
  • evaluate some of the main sources scholars use when researching this topic.


Professor Graeme Morton


All learning materials are delivered via My Dundee.  This module requires around 15 hours per week of study for approximately fifteen weeks.