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MO3365   Nationalism and Unionism in Modern Scotland

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF level 9

Semester: 2

Planned timetable: See

This module provides an examination of the phenomena of nationalism and unionism in modern Scottish history. It will explore the nature of the Union-state created in 1707 and the varieties of unionist ideology which sustained it, but it will also look at the emergence of a nationalist response in Scotland, which also took various forms ranging from Home Rule sentiment and reformist imperialism to the desire for total independence or 'independence in Europe'. A particular feature of the module will be the way it integrates the micro-politics of Fife and St Andrews in particular (including the careers of Thomas Chalmers and Douglas Young; by-elections in Fife; and the role of St Andrews in the rise of Thatcherism) into broader themes in the history of Scotland. Other issues to be tackled will include republicanism and the monarchy, religious tensions, the Constitution, and the relationships of Scotland with both England and Ireland.

Relationship to other modules

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

Anti-requisite(s): You cannot take this module if you take MO3761

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: Coursework = 100%

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

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


Module teaching staff: Dr M Petrie