Module details for Sociology of Scotland


Like all other nations, Scotland is seen as possessing a distinctive culture and civil society but unlike others, it has not had state apparatus to serve this culture and civics. This module explores this contradiction while at the same time, analytically engages with current attempts to deal with it - the development of Devolution. current


The aim of this Module is to provide the student with :a critical understanding of the social, political, historical issues that have given rise to current debates on change in Scottish Society.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Situate the historical development of the national identity in Scotland in its political and cultural context;

2.  Assess competing explanations of nationhood and national identity;

3.  Understand theoretical argument as they relate to political change in Scotland, and assess their veracity in explaining this change;

4.  Understand the significance of culture and associated symbols in Scotland; the play of church, law and education;

5.  Reflect on their position in relation to political change in Scotland; and,

6.  Take an active role if future developments as citizens.

Indicative Content

1 Nationalism and National Identity in Scotland

Current theoretical developments in relation to understanding nationalism and their play in helping understand political change in Scotland.

2 Scotland as Icon

Scotland as Icon

3 Egalitarianism and the Civic Tradition

Egalitarianism and the Civic Tradition

4 Modernity and Industrialisation: Scotland of the 20th C.

Modernity and Industrialisation: Scotland of the 20th C.

5 The Politics of National Identity

The Politics of National Identity

6 Tourism and Heritage

Tourism and Heritage

7 Class in Scotland

Class in Scotland

8 Is there Room for Britishness

Is there Room for Britishness

9 Scotland in the Media

Scotland in the Media

10 Self-Reflective Practice

Self-Reflective Practice

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

For session 2020/21 the expectation is that the teaching and learning hours stated in this descriptor will form a mix of synchronous and asynchronous student/staff activity, with the majority of this being online. The exact pattern of this activity is likely to vary from the standard face-to-face hours listed below but the overall student effort remains the same. Up-to-date information on the delivery of the module can be found on the relevant module MLS site and on your student timetable.

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 22
Tutorial/Seminar 12
Practical Activity 12
Assessment 45
Independent 109
Total 200

Guidance notes

SCQF Level - The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2020/21 , and may be subject to change for future years.