Module title: Interpreting Scottish History

SCQF level: 08:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: SSC08111
Module leader: John Burnett
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Social Science


2019/0, Trimester 2, Face-to-Face, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: John Burnett
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning and teaching methods will include lectures and seminars. Each taught input uses a wide variety of audio-visual resources, group discussion and activity to foster student engagement. Tutorial tasks are used to ensure a balanced approach to learning and development is being adopted. A range of material will be made available on Moodle to facilitate the completion of tutorial tasks and assist and guide the students in their independent learning.

Formative Assessment:
Students discuss relevant material in tutorials using research questions, core and additional reading material and tutorial tasks provided beforehand. Group discussion allows for formative feedback. Students will receive ongoing formative feedback as they develop their assessments.

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment in the form of a written exam tests the ability of students to reflect on different aspects of the module. The exam is designed to ensure that content from across the module is covered.

For the other piece of summative assessment, students will work in small groups, choose one of the primary sources made available by the tutor and prepare an evaluative report. Their critical reflections and analysis will be outlined in a 1500 word report illustrating:
a) Some strengths and weaknesses of the primary source in general terms for shedding light on the past
b) Specific aspects of the document that merit further analysis
c) The significance of the issues raised in particular parts of the document and
d) Key aspects of historical context that should be taken into account when evaluating this document in order to arrive at a more meaningful analysis.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 22
Face To Face Tutorial 11
Independent Learning Guided independent study 165
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 2
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Centrally Time Tabled Digital Examination 70 1,2,3,4 & 6 14/15 HOURS= 2, WORDS= 0
Report 30 5 & 6 10 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1500
Component 1 subtotal: 70
Component 2 subtotal: 30
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

The aim of this module is to introduce you to seminal themes and events from Scotland’s past that have defined and shaped the nation since the 1707 Act of Union. You will be encouraged to adopt an inter-disciplinary approach to the study of Scottish history, engaging in both theoretical frameworks and empirical controversies. Throughout the course, the contemporary relevance of economic, social, political and cultural themes and issues from the past will be emphasised in order to help you understand recent and current developments in Scottish Society. The module will be based largely on secondary readings, but will aim to introduce you to a selection of primary source material, including film and pictorial sources.

Typically, the module will include themes from some of the following areas: Interpreting the Union of 1707; Memorialising Scottish Jacobitism; Emigration, Diaspora & Homecoming; The Scottish Enlightenment; Urbanisation & Industrialisation; Class, labour & protest; Irish immigration – causes, consequences & legacy; The Highlands: Clearance, Resistance & Reform; Cultural Representations: Language, Literature & Film; Unionist Nationalism? Empire, Britishness & Scottish identity; the politics of Home Rule & Devolution.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: Demonstrate an appreciation of the formative influences on Modern Scottish society.
LO2: Critically reflect on contentious issues and debates on key themes in contemporary Scotland.
LO3: Interpret some of the major controversies among academics who have written about Scotland in this period.
LO4: Demonstrate an appreciation of the importance of theory and historiography in the writing of Scottish history and how this influences contemporary society.
LO5: Engage in primary source criticism, discussion and understanding of the scope and variety of sources in modern Scottish history.
LO6: To develop study, computing, written and oral communication skills.

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