Undergraduate Course: Celt and Saxon: the British Isles 250-750 (SCHI10065)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The course examines key themes in the history of Britain and Ireland between the breakdown of Roman government and institutions in the 4th and 5th centuries AD and the beginning of the 'viking' period at the end of the 8th century. These themes include the origins of the Anglo-Saxons and key Insular kingdoms; the origins, spread and character of Christianity; the shape and character of society and its power dynamics; and links to mainland Europe. By shifting focus between different parts of northern Britain, southern Britain and Ireland the course aims to achieve a fair balance of Celtic and Anglo-Saxon perspectives on these themes and to encourage students to reflect in comparative ways on the material and topics under consideration.
1. Late Roman Britain and the barbarians beyond
2. The origins of the English
3. The origins of kings and kingdoms: Dalriada, Mercia, Northumbria, Wessex and the Uí Néill
4. Conversion and the growth of the Church
5. Case studies in Insular society before the vikings 1: textual evidence
6. Case studies in Insular society before the vikings 2: material culture
7. Saints, saintly cults and relics
8. Kings, queens and secular power: textual and archaeological indicators
9. The achievements of Insular monastic scholarship
10. Bede, his works and his age
11. "At the ends of the earth"? Traders, raiders, missions and martyrs
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| A pass or passes in 40 credits of first level historical courses or equivalent (including Celtic Civilisation 1B) and a pass or passes in 40 credits of second level historical courses or equivalent (including Celtic Literature 2A).
Before enrolling students on this course, Personal Tutors are asked to contact the History Honours Admission Secretary to ensure that a place is available (Tel: 503783).
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students should have at least 3 History courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses. Applicants should note that, as with other popular courses, meeting the minimum does NOT guarantee admission.
** as numbers are limited, visiting students should contact the Visiting Student Office directly for admission to this course **
Course Delivery Information
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| Upon completion of the course it is intended that students will be able to:
* demonstrate, by way of essay and examination, command of the body of historical knowledge considered in the course;
* demonstrate, by way of essay and examination, the ability to develop and sustain historical arguments, formulating appropriate questions and utilising evidence;
* demonstrate, by way of essay and examination, an ability to read, analyse and reflect critically and contextually upon historical texts from early medieval Britain and Ireland;
* demonstrate, by way of essay and examination, an ability to read, analyse and reflect critically and contextually upon relevant scholarship;
* demonstrate, by way of essay and examination, an appreciation of the complexity of reconstructing the early medieval past in Britain and Ireland, and the problematic and varied nature of their historical evidence;
* demonstrate an appreciation of the value and limits of 'national' and comparative perspectives on the Insular peoples in the early Middle Ages;
* demonstrate the following transferable skills: self-discipline; self-direction; independence of mind and initiative; ability to work with others and to respect their views; ability to gather, organise and deploy evidence and information relevant to a posed problem; critical consideration of evidence in order to arrive at sound conclusions solving complex problems; evaluating the work of others, including peers; structure, coherence, clarity and fluency of oral and written expression; independent management of personal timetable, workload and other priorities in order to meet established deadlines; intellectual integrity and maturity.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr James Fraser
Tel: (0131 6)50 4034
|Course secretary||Miss Clare Guymer
Tel: (0131 6)50 4030