Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Scotland, the Union, and the World, 1707 – 2007
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminar 5 x 2 Hour Seminars
Lecture 20 x 1 Hour Lectures


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 1 essay (2,500 words)  1 essay (2,500 words)  30%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   1 exam (2 hours)  1 exam (2 hours)  70%
Supplementary Assessment 1 essay (2,500 words)  1 essay (2,500 words)  30%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   1 exam (2 hours)  1 exam (2 hours)  70%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Demonstrate an understanding of Scottish history in the context of Britain, the Empire and the World from 1707

Communicate the distinctiveness of Scottish history

Critically assess historiography on Scotland and Britain, and synthesize new knowledge within existing historical narratives of Britain

Identify similarities and differences in the course of Scottish and Welsh history, and begin to discuss possible explanations for them, within the wider ‘archipelagic’, European and global contexts.


To introduce students to Scottish history within a British context and provide an overview of Scotland from the Union with England and Wales in 1707
To further develop the skills and knowledge for students to analyse approaches to ‘British history’, refracted through Scotland
To contribute to students’ critical understanding of nationhood, developing understanding of ‘Britain’ and ‘Britishness’ through consideration of ‘Scotland’ and ‘Scottishness’


1. Introduction – 1707 and the Treaty of Union
2. Jacobitism and the ‘Fifteen’
3. Culloden, the ‘Forty-Five’ and the Highland Clearances
4. The Scottish Enlightenment
5. ‘Athens of the North’: Edinburgh
6. Scott, Burns and Romanticism
7. The Industrial Revolution and Beyond
8. The Second City of the Empire: Glasgow
9. The Highlands and Islands
10. Bὸrd na Gὰidhlig: Gaelic and Scots
11. The Kirk, Sectarianism and Secularisation
12. From ‘Juteopolis’ to Calcutta
13. ‘Tally’s Blood’: Immigration and Migration
14. The Scottish Diaspora
15. Red Clydeside: Socialism, Communism and Scottish Labour
16. Nationalism and the SNP
17. Economic Transformation since 1900
18. Disuniting the United Kingdom?
1. ‘Bought and Sold for English Gold’?: Investigating the Union
2. ‘Ladies from Hell’: The Scottish Soldier in British Military Campaigns
3. Gender, the Scots and Scottish Identity
4. New Scots: Race, Ethnicity and Scottish Identity
5. Alba and Cymru: Connections and Disconnections

Brochure Text

This module offers an opportunity for students to study Scottish history. As a survey module, it will consider Scotland as a distinct country with a unique history, within the context of Britain, the Union, the Empire, and the wider world.
As a complement to Welsh history modules offered at Part 1, this module supports and reinforces the department’s ongoing aim to deconstruct restrictive and Anglocentric conceptions of ‘British’ history. This module would offer an exciting opportunity for students to draw comparisons between the Welsh and Scottish relationship to Britain and the world.

Brief description

This module is an introduction to Scottish history since the Union with England and Wales in 1707 until 2007. Studying key historical events, such as the Union, Jacobite rebellions, and the Scottish Enlightenment, as well as important themes such as the experiences of the Highlands, Red Clydeside, Gaelic and the Scots language, nationalism and the SNP, and the transformation of the Scottish economy, this module will contribute to similar history modules which challenge Anglocentric conceptions of British history. Through this module we will examine Scotland as a nation in itself, as a partner in the United Kingdom and its relationship to the countries of the Union, as well as a global country, influencing and being influenced by other countries through emigration and immigration, politics and economics. An integral aim of the module will be to explore how historians understanding of Britain and of British history is challenged and modified by studying the past through the perspective of one nation.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number NA
Communication Read a wide range of both primary and secondary texts; improve listening skills during the lectures, and consequently develop skills in note taking; demonstrate and develop the ability to communicate ideas in two essays; skills in oral presentation will be developed in seminars.
Improving own Learning and Performance Show awareness of own learning styles, personal preferences and needs; devise and apply realistic learning and self management strategies; devise a personal action plan to include short and long-term goals and to develop personal awareness of how to improve on these.
Information Technology Students will be encouraged to locate suitable material on the web and to apply it appropriately to their own work. Students will also be encouraged to word-process their work. These skills will not be formally assessed.
Personal Development and Career planning Develop awareness of personal skills, beliefs and qualities in relation to course in progression; plan and prepare for future course / career.
Problem solving Identify problems and factors which might influence potential solutions; develop creative thinking approaches to problem solving; evaluate advantages and disadvantages of potential solutions.
Research skills Understand a range of research methods and plan and carry out research; produce academically appropriate pieces of written work.
Subject Specific Skills Develop awareness of Scottish primary sources and how to access them; increase awareness of Scottish historiography
Team work Understand the concept of group dynamics; contribute to the setting of group goals; contribute effectively to the planning of group activities; play an active part in group activities (e.g. short group presentations in seminars); evaluate group activities and own contribution.


This module is at CQFW Level 4