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Undergraduate Course: The Isle of Man: Language, Culture and History (CELT10032)

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 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaCeltic Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?Yes
Course descriptionThe course charts the historical and social developments that affect the Isle of Man from early historic times to the present, with particular emphasis on the linguistic situation and its changes at various points during this period. This includes the evaluation of the island's position as a medieval power-centre in the Irish Sea and the subsequent developments that led to its relative cultural isolation from Gaelic Ireland and Scotland after it became a feudal fiefdom whose cultural and administrative orientation lay increasingly towards England. The cultural dominance of its larger neighhbour is also of significance in the modern period, as evidenced particularly in the acceleration of language decline in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. A key aspect of the course is the discussion of selected primary texts in translation that illustrate the historical and social environment at its key stages and in particular the impact of this environment on language and culture.

The course also offers scope for comparison with Gaelic Scotland, for instance in the genres of folktales and traditional songs. In addition, the course examines the recent upsurge of interest in the Manx language as well as the extent to which this is supported by educational and administrative frameworks.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesEntry to this course is at the discretion of the Course Organiser and will be arranged on a case by case basis by the Visiting Student Office in consultation with the department.
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 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 196 )
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)The Isle of Man: Language, Culture and History2:00
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
The Intended Learing Outcomes are the development of a sound knowledge of the key developments in the spheres of language, culture, society and history during the period under consideration. There will be particular emphasis on the links that exist between language and identity, and on the ways in which external and internal forces impact on such links at different periods. This will include the application of a number of different interdiscipinary approaches in order to evaluate the types of evidence that need to be employed for a full understanding of the subject-matter of the course. The subject of language decline and revival in particular is currently a much-debated issue in other linguistic contexts and the Manx situation offers considerable scope for comparison, expecially in the field of language planning.
The course material will present some challenges to students as it will involve a variety of texts from different historical periods demanding different methodological and intellectual approaches but will build on and expand the skills generally stressed within Celtic and Scottish Studies.
Assessment Information
Essay and written summary of presentation (25% each): 50%. 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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