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Undergraduate Course: The Old North: literature, politics and society in Dark Age Scotland (CELT10043)

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
SummaryCreated in the 7th century, the Anglo-Saxon realm of Northumbria was one of the most powerful and influential kingdoms in Western Europe prior to its collapse under Scandinavian pressure in the 9th century. Its rise to prominence came mainly at the expense of a number of Celtic kingdoms whose leaders and populations, speakers of an archaic form of Welsh, variously resisted and succumbed to the expansion of the Northumbrian superpower over 2 centuries. The heroes and villains of 'the Old North', and their struggles, successes and failures against the English, were remembered long afterwards in medieval Wales, where the literature of 'the Britons of the north' was preserved and honoured by those who shared their tongue. This course examines the creation and rise of Northumbria from the perspective of its Celtic neighbours, considering their treatment both in their own writings and in the writings of their enemies, along with evidence arising from non-written sources of information.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Literature, Politics and Society in Dark Age Scotland (SCHI10053)
Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should usually have at least 3 History or Celtic Studies courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this) for entry to this course. We will only consider University/College level courses.
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Learning Outcomes
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 northern Britain;
* 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 British past, and the problematic and varied nature of its historical evidence;
* 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.
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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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