Dundee and me

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Term 1 or 2
SCQF Level
AbLE Academy


Get to know Dundee, the 'coolest little city in Britain'. This amazing city has lots to offer. Find out for yourself why GQ magazine thinks we are 'cool', and why actor/comedian/author Stephen Fry said: 'Dundee's setting is probably more extraordinary than any other city in the UK. It is about as ideal - ludicrously ideal - as any setting could be.' Take a guided tour of our location, heritage, culture, industry and innovations, find out how you can get involved, and what's on our horizon. #sunnydundee

Through engaging with this module you will develop the Active Citizen, Intellectual and Digital Abertay Attributes


To foster awareness of Dundee and help you gain a sense of belonging to somewhere great!

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate your knowledge of the City of Dundee

Indicative Content

1 Location

We will explore the geography that makes Dundee's setting 'probably more extraordinary than any other city in the UK. It is about as ideal - ludicrously ideal - as any setting could be.' - Stephen Fry Did you know there is an extinct volcano in the city centre? and why our city is known as #SunnyDundee (one of the sunniest cities in Scotland)' It's all down to geography

2 Heritage

The 3 'J's - Jute, jam and journalism' the industrial foundations of modern Dundee - our link with the world through international trade (e.g. Dundee does not grow oranges - so how did we get to be famous for our Dundee marmalade?). Dennis the menace and his Beano pals will have a tale to tell you - and the McManus galleries hold many a local secret for you to uncover (find the Tay Whale).

3 Industry and Innovation

A city of innovation and reinvention' with lots of innovation over the centuries in Dundee, we will explore the Recent: Biomed, computer games' And the Future: MSIP, Eden project, E-Games arena One of the first places in the UK to have Green health prescriptions (and we have lots of parks!)

4 Culture

Take a 'virtual' trip to Antarctica on RRS Discovery, explore the history of industry at Verdant works, marvel at the displays in the V&A, dance at the Dundee rep, soak in culture at Dundee Contemporary Arts, and marvel at developments in medicine, engineering, environment and more at Dundee science centre'

5 Take part

Dundee is a friendly city, we say hello we help each other, we have lots of communities large and small. Discover how Abertay fits into the city and how you can too.

Teaching and Learning MethodHours
Supervised Practical Activity0
Unsupervised Practical Activity0

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 2023/4, and may be subject to change for future years.