The Scottish Enlightenment in Context, Short Course

The Scottish Enlightenment in Context, Short Course

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In The Scottish Enlightenment in Context course at The University of Edinburgh, you will consider the key developments of the Scottish Enlightenment in areas including philosophy, ethics, social and political thought, historiography, medical science, aesthetics, literature, and religious thinking. 


Introducing students to the central themes, issues and theories of the Scottish Enlightenment, there will be a particular emphasis on the enduring relevance of the Enlightenment. Students will examine current approaches to the Scottish Enlightenment, and areas of contemporary debate among scholars. The course also aims to enhance students’ critical, discursive and analytical skills.

The Scottish Enlightenment in Context course at The University of Edinburgh is interdisciplinary: thinkers such as David Hume and Adam Smith studied and wrote on a wide range of academic disciplines, each discipline shedding explanatory light on the others. This is a traditional Scottish approach to study, which predates the Scottish Enlightenment. Philosophy was the central discipline of the Scottish Enlightenment – and it will similarly be central to our studies.

Explorations of Edinburgh through guided walking tours and visits to museums and galleries will let you place Enlightenment developments in context and understand the major influences of of this historical period.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course students should be able to:

  • Display knowledge and understanding of the key themes, issues and ideas associated with the Scottish Enlightenment
  • Appreciate the cultural and intellectual legacy of the Scottish Enlightenment
  • Explain the most recent critical thinking on the Scottish Enlightenment, and areas of continuing debate
  • Exhibit enhanced critical, discursive and analytical skills, gained through class participation and completion of written assessments
  • Understand the intellectual, cultural and historical significance of Edinburgh and of Scotland

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 1 months
  • Credits
    10 ECTS 20 alternative credits
    20 credits/10 ECTS/4 US
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

The course takes an inter-disciplinary approach, while focusing on philosophy as the central discipline of the Enlightenment. No prior knowledge of the Scottish Enlightenment is needed.

The course will be delivered principally via structured seminar sessions, with an introductory lecture and tutorials in the first week. There will be prescribed and optional readings for all classes.

English Language Requirements

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  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

  • 2 years of undergraduate study
  • IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    2372 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2372 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 1 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    2372 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2372 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 1 months.
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  • 725 - 1170 GBP/month
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