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MO3162   Early Modern Scotland in the age of British Unions (1603-1707)

Academic year(s): 2017-2018

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF Level 9

Semester: 2

Planned timetable: See

This module explores the wider issues raised by the unification of Scotland, England and Ireland under one monarch in 1603. Beginning with a review of sixteenth-century concepts of 'Britain', the module proceeds to explore the profound political realities that resulted from the Union of the Crowns. The module will examine the development of proto-British institutions in the Jacobean age through to their decline in the Carolinian era that followed. The conflicts that subsequently engulfed the Stuart kingdoms left deep divisions within Scottish society leading to the Cromwellian conquest of the country. The module assesses the impact of the Restoration regime on Scottish society and the military and ideological struggles that culminated in the Treaty of Union of 1707.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass at least 60 credits from {MO1007, MO1008, MO2008, HI2001, MH2002}

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1 x 2-hour seminar, plus 1 office hour.

Scheduled learning hours: 22

Guided independent study hours: 278

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 3-hour Written Examination = 60%, Coursework = 40%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 60%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 40%

Re-assessment: 4,000- to 5,000-word essay = 100%


Module coordinator: Prof S W Murdoch
Module teaching staff: Prof S Murdoch