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Undergraduate Course: Celtic Literature 2A (CELT08012)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaCeltic Other subject areaNone
Course website Taught in Gaelic?Yes
Course descriptionThe course provides an introduction to selected genres of Celtic literature from the medieval period, and an understanding of the social and historical background that gave rise to the texts studied. Two strands make up the course, one dealing with the Medieval Welsh tradition and the other looking at Early Irish literature. English translations are used throughout the course, and no knowledge of the original Celtic languages is required. The course is aimed at students who have successfully completed Celtic Civilisation 1A and 1B, but it is also open to anyone who has taken a course in a literary or historical or similar subject at University level and wishes to explore the Celtic tradition. The course does not aim to provide a comprehensive survey of the two literatures studied, but rather to examine in greater depth certain periods or themes or genres which are characteristic of the tradition, which offer cross-cultural comparisons within the Celtic world, and which are amenable to study through translation and without abstruse technical knowledge. For history students, the course offers insight into the nature and working of the two literary traditions; for literature students, enhanced understanding of the social and political background to the selected parts of Medieval Welsh and Early Irish literature; for students of Celtic Studies, the opportunity to range widely in the medieval field in advance of Honours course choices and the more intensive but narrower language-based study of the Honours classes. In most weeks the first meeting will consist of a lecture to introduce general background, new concepts, and fresh material; and the second meeting will be a 'workshop' class to study and discuss specific texts illustrating and elaborating the subject matter introduced in the lecture. Together with its companion course Celtic Literature 2B, the course offers the opportunity to progress to the Honours programme of Medieval Celtic Studies.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Celtic Civilisation 1A (CELT08014) OR Celtic Civilisation 1B (CELT08015)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Course materials.
Information for Visiting Students
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 1, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 16/09/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 22, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 174 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 50 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours:Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)2:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)2:00
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
The Intended Learning Outcomes are the development of a sound knowledge of the characteristics of a selection of key genres of Medieval Welsh and Early Irish literature. Students will develop an understanding of the significance of the texts in the context of the time of their origin, and of the rtle of the purveyors of literature in the context of both society and historical environment. Students will be able to evaluate the value of the material as literature, drawing on scholarly evaluation as well as detailed study of the primary texts. The course will be taught through the medium of English.
Assessment Information
Two essays (up to 2,500 words each), one textual interpretation exercise (up to 1,200 words): 50% (22.5% + 22.5% + 5%)
Degree Examination (2 hours): 50%
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Course organiserDr Anja Gunderloch
Tel: (0131 6)51 1374
Course secretaryMs Christina Bould
Tel: (0131 6)50 3622
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