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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures : Celtic

Undergraduate Course: Celtic Civilisation 1B (CELT08015)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryIn the period from roughly AD 400 to AD 1500 Britain and Ireland experienced significant social, religious, cultural and political transformations. The period witnessed the displacement of pagan spirituality by Christianity, the increasing importance of literacy and text-based learning, the development of new forms of political and social organisation, and the emergence of the insular nations familiar to us today. These transformations brought fundamental changes in relationships between peoples who continued to speak Celtic languages, and between such peoples and the medieval kingships. Celtic Civilisation 1B examines in particular the Celtic dimension of these transformations, through consideration of surviving evidence in a variety of forms from this period as well as of how evolving perceptions and constructions of the Celts have influenced the study of such evidence.

Visiting and 'outside-subject' students are most welcome on the course. Completion of Celtic Civilisation 1A is not a pre-requisite.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesNone: Visiting Students are very welcome.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 33, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 5, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 158 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 50 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 1 (short) source analysis, 1 essay and a 2-hour Degree Examination. A very substantial amount of essay-related guidance is included in the course documentation available to all students.
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Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)Celtic Civilisation 1B2:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)Celtic Civilisation 1B2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Produce a sound and competent essay, in accordance with the common marking scale.
  2. Demonstrate recognition of the potential and limitations of both primary evidence and modern scholarship in pursuing the study of Celtic societies.
  3. Demonstrate insight into the concept of 'Celticity'.
  4. Demonstrate understanding of the key themes and issues emerging from the study of Celtic societies.
  5. Demonstrate the following transferable skills: independent gathering of relevant evidence pertaining to a posed problem; critical consideration of evidence in order to arrive at sound conclusions; evaluating the work of others, including peers; presenting evaluations and conclusions clearly in both written and oral form; and, independent management of personal timetable, workload and other priorities in order to meet established deadlines.
Reading List
There is a broad selection of readings for each specific topic; recommended textbooks are:

S. M. Foster, Picts, Gaels and Scots: Early Historic Scotland (2nd edn: London, 2004)
E. James, Britain in the First Millennium (London, 2001)
D. Ó Cróinín, Early Medieval Ireland 400-1200 (London & New York, 1995)
N. T. Patterson, Cattle-Lords and Clansmen: the social structure of early Ireland (2nd edn: Notre Dame & London, 1994)
T. Charles-Edwards, After Rome (Oxford, 2010)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements All School guidance is followed concerning accessibility to, and reasonable adjustments to support, students with declared disabilities.
Additional Class Delivery Information Plus tutorial 1 hour, fortnightly
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserProf Robert Dunbar
Tel: (0131 6)50 3621
Course secretaryMs Christine Lennie
Tel: (0131 6)50 4167
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