Debates and Issues in Scottish History: Sources, Interpretations and Arguments module (HY51042)

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The module aims:

  • To enable students to grasp the major themes in Scottish history
  • To offer an analysis of the social, political and cultural development of Scotland
  • To promote an understanding of Scotland’s changing relationship with the other kingdoms in the British Isles

This module provides a study of the major debates and interpretations of the economic, social and political development of Scotland. The major themes covered in the module are:

  • The Union of 1603 and the Covenanters
  • The Scottish Reformation: Politics and Society
  • The Union of 1707
  • Jacobite risings
  • Scottish Identity and Culture
  • ‘The ‘Highland Question’: Clearance and Improvement
  • The Industrial Revolution
  • Landscape and Environment
  • Scotland and Empire
  • Tourism and Leisure
  • Health and Welfare in the Highlands 


This module is assessed as follows:

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

Intended learning outcomes

By the end of the course, the student should acquire:

  • An understanding of the main themes of Scottish history
  • A knowledge of the development of the relationship between Scotland and the other kingdoms of the British Isles before 1707
  • A critical awareness of some of the theoretical approaches to Scottish History


Professor Graeme Morton


All teaching will be carried out via the VLE. This flexible distance learning module requires c.15 hours per week of study for approximately 15 weeks.