Fall 2018 - HIST 415 D100

Victorian Britain (4)

Class Number: 5067

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    AQ 5048, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    45 units including nine units of lower division history. Recommended: one or more of HIST 224, 314, 315.



A study of major developments and controversies -- social, cultural, political, religious, economic -- during the period of the rise of industrial and class society.


This discussion-based tutorial will explore the economic, social, political, and cultural threads present in Scottish History during the Victorian and Edwardian periods (ca. 1837-1914). This period saw Scotland transformed from a largely rural country into an industrial powerhouse more rapidly than the rest of Great Britain and as a result urban centres such as Glasgow—“the second city of Empire”—experienced some of the worst effects of rapid urbanisation that accompanied the rise of industry from the creation of slums, crime, prostitution, and ill-health. Meanwhile, for a small group of people made rich through industry and participation in the British Empire, their wealth and political influence transformed Scotland into a modern imperial landscape. This period also witnessed, comparatively, the largest emigration in European history as over 2 million Scots left for colonies in the British Empire transferring the Victorian Scottish experience abroad. By examining these extremes present in the Victorian Scottish experience, students will test and debate the consequences of rapid social, political, and economic shifts present in the Victorian period more broadly.

Format:  The class meets once per week, where we will examine a weekly historical problem related to the course. Participants will write a research-based essay of their choosing on a topic related to Victorian Scotland.


  • Seminar Participation 25%
  • Weekly Critical Reading Assessments 15%
  • Online Discussions 10%
  • Research Essay Proposal and Annotated Bibliography 10%
  • Research Essay 40%



Graeme Morton. Ourselves and Others: Scotland 1832-1914 (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2012).

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