This course will explore the phenomenon of the 'witch-hunts' in early modern Europe through a focus on Scotland in the period 1560-1700. In addition to placing the witch-hunts in their historical context by providing students with the background to Scotland’s political, religious, and social history in the early modern period, the course will introduce students to the considerable body of historical writing on the subject of the witch-hunts and give them hands on experience with primary source documents in order to discuss specific witch trials themselves. Popular and elite conceptions of witchcraft will be explored, as well as gender history.
By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of the political, social and ecclesiastical development of Scotland from 1560 to 1700, including major events, people and themes;
- Identify a wide variety of explanations for the phenomenon of the witch-hunts;
- Evaluate and analyze both primary and secondary source materials used in the study of the witch-hunts and, more broadly, early modern Scotland, and employ these sources to create and defend an argument regarding a witch trial; and
- Utilize Digital Humanities tools and techniques to gather and analyze changes over time (evolution) of witch-hunting in Scotland.
- Introduction to Witch-Hunts and Popular Culture
- Overview of Witch-Hunts
- Witch-Hunters in Scotland and Revolutionary Scotland
- Popular and Elite Belief
- The Role of Gender in Witch-Hunting
- The Decline of Witch-Hunting in the 1670s
- Modern Witch-Hunts
Prerequisite(s): 7.50 credits
Restriction(s): The course is only offered in online format
|Assessment Item||Weight||Learning Outcomes|
|6 Unit Quizzes||10%||1, and 2|
|Discussions||40%||1, 2, and 4|
|2 Essays||50%||1, 2, 3, and 4|
|Total||100%||1, 2, 3, and 4|
*Course details are subject to change.