Scottish Tourism, 1780-1930

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Module code


  • The module will relate tourism to its economic context, including war and depression
  • The module will set the rise of tourism in a broader European context; Riviera as well as Rothesay
  • The module will review the controversies over the cultural impact of tourism


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

This module offers the following learning outcomes:

Knowledge and understanding

•              An understanding of when, where and why tourism developed in Scotland, and to reflect on the way that choice was shaped by income and class, gender and age, health and interests.

•              Promotion of a critical capacity to review a wide range of secondary and primary sources, written and visual, and to select the evidence and arguments of most substance and relevance.

•              Fostering of an increased ability to present findings on paper and orally in a focused, shaped and structured form, which knits together in a balanced way argument and evidence.

•              Encouraging an assessment of the value of tourism, and to identify the criteria by which development can be said to be 'successful'.

Historical skills

•              An understanding of the problematic nature of the past.

•              An appreciation of the complexity and diversity of the past.

•              A capacity to collect evidence to test or support a historical case.

•              An awareness of the importance of debate in history.

To engage with

•              The ability to evaluate source material critically.

•              Literature and other evidence searching skills.


  • To introduce the study of tourism as a key element within the field of social history
  • To examine the types of tourism that developed in Scotland between 1780 and 1930
  • To identify the factors that made for growth, and to assess its significance in economic, social and cultural terms
  • To review the impact in cultural and economic terms at local, regional and national level


Dr Craig Gauld


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.