The History of Scotland 1707-1900

Ref: C2341042

The course will begin with the background to the Acts of Union. We will then look at how Scotland developed its identity in the eighteenth and nineteenth century. The friction between England and Scotland and the threat of Pretenders and Jacobite rebellions will be central to our study of the period. Scottish inventions and the industrial revolution will be part of the course. Key individuals such as Adam Smith will be included in our learning journey. Cultural icons such as Robert Burns and other authors will also feature as part of the course.

Course aim

The aim is to provide a brief introduction to the History of Scotland after the Acts of Union. The relationship between Scotland and England will be the main theme.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Describe events in the wake of the Acts of Union
  • Evaluate the threat of the Jacobites
  • Interpret the relationship of England and Scotland in the eighteenth century
  • Explain how the Industrial Revolution impacted Scotland

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation

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The History of Scotland 1707-1900

Enrolment Conditions

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  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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