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MO3166   Debating Britain: Anglo-Scottish Unionism 1521 - 1707

Academic year(s): 2017-2018

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF Level 9

Semester: 1

Planned timetable: See

This module examines the idea of Britain as it was discussed and debated in the century between the union of the Anglo-Scottish crowns in 1603 and the union of the Scottish and English parliaments in 1707. In many respects the political and religious history of 17th century Britain can be understood as a series of attempts to make the fortuitous dynastic union of 1603 work in a way that would accommodate the interests and aspirations of the constituent parts of the multiple monarchy that the Stuart dynasty now presided over. Despite the often tumultuous events of the period, including civil war, regicide and revolution, there was little or no interest in dissolving the union. The union of parliaments of 1707, therefore, needs to be placed in the context, not just of immediate circumstances, but of a much longer series of attempts to fashion a workable British union.

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: 20

Guided independent study hours: 280

Assessment pattern

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

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 60%
Practical examinations : 13%
Coursework: 27%

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


Module teaching staff: Prof R Mason