This programme combines two related yet distinct approaches to the study of human cultural expression, past and present, with a specific focus on Scotland. Ethnology is the discipline which studies the culture and traditions of developed societies and is sometimes described as being at the intersection where history and anthropology meet. While commonly offered in universities across Europe, this is the only full undergraduate degree programme of its kind available within the UK. Focusing on Scotland, but introducing comparative material from elsewhere, you will study the varying ways in which a modern European nation expresses itself culturally, through such forms as its customs, beliefs, social organisation, language, music and song. How do these help to create and shape identity in the modern world? How do we use and make sense of the past from within our present, and how can this understanding help us to shape our future? Working with a range of rich materials, from traditional archives to modern media and digital data, you will develop the practical and intellectual tools to help navigate and indeed influence contemporary culture and society in an increasingly globalised world. The programme also develops your critical, analytic, linguistic and creative skills by engaging with a broad range of texts and a variety of approaches to reading. You will gain knowledge and understanding of the history of literary development in English and Scots from the fourteenth century to the present, through the study of a range of texts from the following periods: renaissance; romantic; modern; medieval; eighteenth-century; Victorian; and contemporary (post-1945). By enhancing your literary and critical faculties, the programme prepares you to contribute to a society in which an understanding of texts of all kinds is crucially important.