Spring 2017 - HIST 347 D100

STT- Family and Youth in Scotland (4)

Class Number: 8378

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
    RCB 6136, Burnaby

    Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
    SECB 1013, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    45 units including nine units of lower division history.



Using an interdisciplinary and multimedia (art, film, music, and literature) approach, the course examines the social history of the family and youth in Scotland during the rise and fall of the British welfare state, from 1845 to the present.


This course examines the history of everyday life in Scotland from 1700 to the present. We will explore what it meant to be Scottish through the everyday experiences of men, women, and children through a period of intense social and economic upheaval. We will look at the impact wider forces had on Scottish peoples’ lives, such as the attempt to control women’s bodies and ‘superstitions’ through the witchcraft trials, the Industrial Revolution’s effects on the rhythms of family life, and the effort to remake children into dutiful citizens during the Victoria era. The ways in which Scottish people reacted to these wider forces reveals what it meant to be Scottish in the modern age.

*Note: This course fulfills the Group 1 Europe requirement of the History Major and will count towards the Concentration in British and Irish History. Students with at least 45 credits and 6 credits of lower division History can contact the History advisor for admission to this class.


  • Participation 20%
  • Primary document assignment 20%
  • Research essay proposal (300 words plus annotated bibliography) 10%
  • Research essay (12-15 pages) 35%
  • Final exam 15%
  • * Grading subject to change



Esther Breitenbach, Linda Fleming, S. Karly Kehoe, Lesley Orr (eds.) Scottish Women a Documentary History. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2013 [available online through the library]

A History of Everyday Life in Scotland series [available online through the library]

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