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Culture and Society in the Scottish Enlightenment, Short Course

Culture and Society in the Scottish Enlightenment, Short Course

  • Application Deadline
  • 14 days
University rank #23 (QS) ,
The Culture and Society in the Scottish Enlightenment course at The University of Edinburgh will let you explore the culture and society of 18th century Edinburgh and how this context led to the major developments in the Scottish Enlightenment.


You will be introduced to the social, political, and religious thought of the period and investigate key areas of development in the Scottish Enlightement, inlcuding philosophy, aesthetics, medicine, and literature. Special consideration will also be given to the influence of Scottish thinking on America, and the circumstances which led to the eclipse of Enlightenment thinking.

The Culture and Society in the Scottish Enlightenment course at The University of Edinburgh course is interdisciplinary: thinkers such as David Hume and Adam Smith studied and wrote on a wide range of academic disciplines, on the basis that each discipline is helpful to shed explanatory light on the others. This is a traditional Scottish approach to study, which predates the Scottish Enlightenment – and it is the approach which this course will adopt. As philosophy was the central discipline of the Scottish Enlightenment, a philosophical approach will be used to consider each of the other key themes and developments.

You will consider the enduring relevance of the Enlightenment, including current approaches to its study, and areas of contemporary debate among scholars. This approach will let you enhance your critical, discursive and analytical skills.

There will be the opportunity for guided tours of museums and galleries, as well as locations in Edinburgh which relate to the period of the Scottish Enlightenment. You will also take part in a philosophical walking tour of Edinburgh, visiting key sites and locations across the city, and helping you understand the context of the ground-breaking developments of this period.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Understand key themes, issues, and ideas associated with the Scottish Enlightenment
  • Show awareness of the cultural and intellectual legacy of the Scottish Enlightenment
  • Demonstrate Enhanced critical, discursive and analytical skills, gained through tutorial participation and completion of written assessments
  • Appreicate the intellectual, cultural and historical significance of Edinburgh and Scotland

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 14 days
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Course format

The course will be delivered via structured seminar sessions, with an introductory lecture and tutorials in the first week. There will be prescribed and optional readings for all classes, which you will be expected to read outside of class time.

You will also take part in museum and gallery visits across Edinburgh, and a philosophical walking tour of the city.

You will take an multidisciplinary approach, while focusing on philosophy as the central discipline of the Enlightenment. No prior knowledge of the Scottish Enlightenment is needed.


Informal assessment will take place through group discussion and classroom activities as guided by the tutor.

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

  • IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.0 in each component) or equivalent

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    1186 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1186 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 14 days.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    1186 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1186 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 14 days.
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Living costs for Edinburgh

  • 725 - 1170 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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