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For anyone who enjoys studying maps and who has a passion for history, this is the perfect course to indulge your interests while developing research skills. A deeper appreciation of maps as an historical source will be cultivated while exploring the rich collections of the National Library of Scotland's Map Library. Maps as both objects and documents will be set in the context of Scotland's history, giving greater awareness of how maps enrich our understanding of Scotland's past.
Previous study of Scottish history would be beneficial, but is not required.
Framework: Maps and Mappery (Weeks 1 & 2)
1. Introduction: The anatomy of the map
Case studies (Weeks 2 to 8)2. Understanding Creation: the Medieval Map
How maps are being used in history today (Weeks 9 & 10)9. Burgh Surveys
Lecture and discussion with extensive use of original sources.
By the end of this course, students should be able to:
Open Studies 10 credit courses have one assessment. Normally, the assessment is a 2000 word essay, worth 100% of the total mark, submitted by week 12. To pass, students must achieve a minimum of 40%. There are a small number of exceptions to this model which are identified in the Studying for Credit Guide.
If you choose to study for credit you will need to allocate significant time outwith classes for coursework and assessment preparation. Credit points gained from this course can count towards the Certificate of Higher Education.
Please see the Open Studies Studying for Credit Guide for details about credit study, assessments and marking criteria. Full details are available from Reception.
Let our Student Guidance Officer know if you feel you have specific requirements to enable you to study an Open Studies course or complete assessments. Please contact Reception to arrange a confidential appointment with her. Giving us this information will enable us to make arrangements to meet your requirements for studying in accordance with your rights under the Disability Discrimination Act.