Spring 2020 - HIST 347 D100

STT- Family and Youth in Scotland (Inactive) (4)

Class Number: 4611

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 6 – Apr 9, 2020: Wed, 1:30–5:20 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    45 units including six units of lower division history.



Using an interdisciplinary and multimedia (art, film, music, and literature) approach 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.


Between 1700 and the present, Scotland underwent a period of intense social and economic upheaval that dramatically impacted the lives of women and their families—among them, increased surveillance over their everyday lives from those in position of power in Scottish society. Using gender as the lens with which to examine the everyday lives of Scottish people, this course will examine, for example, attempts to control women’s bodies and suppress ‘superstitions’ through the witchcraft trials, the effects of the Industrial Revolution on the rhythms of family life and privacy, the effort by private and state interests to remake children into dutiful citizens, and the ‘crisis’ of Scottish masculinity. Students will then debate the ways in which women and their families negotiated and resisted these wider forces. 

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 without 45 credits and 6 credits of lower division may contact the History advisor for admission to this class. Students cannot take HIST 347 if they have credit for GSWS 321 from Spring 2018 or 2019.


  • Grading (subject to change)
  • Participation 20%
  • Film reviews (2 @ 10% each) 20%
  • Book review 15%
  • Research essay (12-15 pages including bibliography) 30%
  • In class writing assignment 15%



*Lynn Abrams ed. Gender in Scottish History Since 1700. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2006 [available online through the library as an e-book]

*Ralph Glasser Growing up in the Gorbals. London: Chatto & Windus, 1986

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