HISTORY 197 - First-Year Seminar
Section: 001 Modern Scotland
Term: WN 2009
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
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Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
May not be repeated for credit.
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This course will explore the history of modern Scotland, especially the history of the twentieth century to the present, through a range of readings and other materials. Scotland is often presented in popular culture through a series of stereotyped images, often involving sheep and sheep byproducts, or allegedly emblematic moments, typically involving uprisings and oppression. We will try to expand our understanding of Scotland to include its modernity, its internal differences, its urbanity, its relations to other places, and its failure to comply with clichés.

Particular emphasis will be placed on the ways in which writers, filmmakers, and even musicians have represented modern Scotland, although we will read a series of works of historical scholarship and political argument to help us understand the contexts in which such cultural works have been created. This course will also offer opportunities for students to explore particular interests within the broad framework, e.g., the rise and fall and rise of Scottish nationalism, language debates, the politics of land ownership, Scotland in Hollywood film, what's particularly Scottish about Scottish social problems, North Sea oil and gas, Scotland in the post-imperial era, or the works of particular Scottish writers or artists.

NO background in British or Scottish history or literature is assumed, and students from all majors are welcomed.

This course is also a SHORT-TERM STUDY ABROAD opportunity (to be explained in class.)

There will be an optional 2-week trip to Scotland at the end of the course, involving travel to Edinburgh, Glasgow, and the Highlands.

HISTORY 197 - First-Year Seminar
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001 (SEM)
W 1:00PM - 4:00PM
002 (SEM)
TuTh 8:30AM - 10:00AM
003 (SEM)
Tu 3:00PM - 6:00PM
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