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

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
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe 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.
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-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.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. discuss the key developments in the literature, culture, and history of the Isle of Man;
  2. analyse a range of Manx texts in translation and place them in their historical and cultural context;
  3. discuss the salient developments of Manx language shift and revival;
  4. evaluate and apply different interdisciplinary approaches in order to evaluate the subject-matter of the course;
  5. demonstrate competence in transferable skills, e.g. close engagement with texts, critical evaluation of source material, independent reading, coherent and clearly structured writing, oral presentation, group discussion, time management.
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
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Course organiserDr Anja Gunderloch
Tel: (0131 6)51 1374
Course secretaryMs Christine Lennie
Tel: (0131 6)50 3524
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