The history of Scotland has been marked by dramatic political, religious, and cultural strife. Between the 1560s and 1800s, Scotland was transformed from an insular, medieval country most deeply concerned with events occurring north of the Tweed into a major contributor to the intellectual and commercial life of the British Empire. In this program, you will learn about the changes occurring within Scotland during this time, as well as the changing fortunes of the state within the broader context of British history. Thus, while our focus shall be on the people and events of Scotland, we shall take care to locate these elements within the context of European history in general and that of the north Atlantic Archipelago in particular.
This course is designed to introduce you to some of the key events and themes of Scottish history and to take advantage of the opportunity to travel to many of the key sites within Scotland itself. In particular, you explore the formation of modern Scotland across four dimensions. By tracing the evolution of Scottish political thought, you will observe how Scotland moved from being an independent kingdom to part of the British Empire, paying particular attention to moments of tension between the two states. Religious change will also be a major theme of this course, as we chart the spread of Presbyterianism in Scotland and challenges to it (in the form of the Witch Hunts of the late 1500s and early 1600s). On economic and social levels, you will witness the growth of a pastoral society into a maritime, commercial empire spanning the globe and examine the effects of this transition upon the peoples of Britain (and its colonies). Finally, the period covered by this course includes a number of important intellectual developments—from the birth of “modern” scientific thought to the literary achievements of David Hume and Adam Smith—that we shall take care to study. By tracing the events of this time, you will gain a fuller understanding of some key issues during the formation of modern Scotland.
- Develop a better understanding of Scottish history, 1550-1800.
- Become familiar with the concepts historians use to interpret this period of Scottish history.
- Consider the nature of historical sources and their “legitimate” uses, gaining an appreciation for a wide variety of potential types of historical evidence.
- Improve your ability to communicate effectively and construct persuasive arguments in both written and oral form.
May 11-24, 2018
HIST 492 Witches, Whisky, and War: The Formation of Modern Scotland, 3 credits (syllabus)
- ENGL 492 Witches, Whisky, and War: The Formation of Modern Scotland, 3 credits
- INTS 492 Witches, Whisky, and War: The Formation of Modern Scotland, 3 credits
Participants will stay in shared hostel accommodations arranged by the program.
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Scholarships and Financial Aid
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This program is open to students of all majors.
This program is open to applicants from any institution, although preference will be given to USD students.
All applicants must be in good academic and judicial standing at their home institution. For other eligibility requirements, including minimum GPA and any language prerequisites, refer to the Fact Sheet on this page.
Scott Breuninger is Associate Professor of History at the University of South Dakota. He has extensive experience living and doing research in the United Kingdom. He earned his Ph.D. in European History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
For general inquiries, contact the faculty director (Scott.Breuninger@usd.edu) or the Center for Academic & Global Engagement (email@example.com).
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For information about immunizations and health precautions, refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). After you have been admitted to this program, you will be required to complete a travel physical with a healthcare provider such as Sanford Vermillion.