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Postgraduate Course: Gaelic Media and Gaelic Arts (CELT11039)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
Taught in Gaelic?Yes
SummaryThis seminar-based course key issues concerning the development of the Gaelic media and arts sector in Scotland, the discourses and debates surrounding these initiatives, and their strategic role in the maintenance and revitalisation of Gaelic language and culture. Particular topics include the development of the Gaelic broadcasting sector, especially since 1992, and of the Gaelic arts sector.
Course description 1. Introduction
2. The strategic role of minority language media, arts and culture: theoretical perspectives
3. The development and impact of Gaelic broadcasting, 1923-1997
4. Planning and delivering a Gaelic digital service, 1997-
5. Gaelic media and issues of cultural representation
6. The emergence of the 'Gaelic arts', 1980-2000
7. Contemporary Gaelic arts policy
8. Gaelic music and issues of cultural authenticity
9. Gaelic music and language revitalisation
10. The economic impact of Gaelic arts and culture
11. Course Review
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2016/17, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  10
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 174 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) A single 4000-word essay at the end of the course.
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
Students can be expected to acquire a knowledge and understanding of key issues concerning the development of the Gaelic media and arts sector in Scotland, the discourses and debates surrounding these initiatives, and their strategic role in the maintenance and revitalisation of Gaelic language and culture.
Reading List
BBC Trust (2007). Gaelic Digital Service: Public Value Test provisional conclusions. London: BBC Trust.

BBC Trust (2008). Gaelic Digital Service: Public Value Test final conclusions. London: BBC Trust.

BBC Trust (2010). BBC ALBA review: Final conclusions. London: BBC Trust.

Broad, Stephen, and France, Jacqueline (2005). The Participants¿ Story: Attitudinal research on the Fèis movement in Scotland. Glasgow: RSAMD National Centre for Research in the Performing Arts.

Caimbeul, Dòmhnall and Green, Eilean (2010). 'Observations on Bilingualism in Digital Media', in Strategies for Minority Languages: Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and Scotland, ed. by John M. Kirk and Dónall P. Ó Baoill, 180-87. Belfast: Cló Ollscoil na Banríona.

Chalmers, Douglas (2009). 'The Promotion of Arts and Culture as a Tool of Economic Regeneration: An Opportunity or Threat to Minority Language Development? The Case of Gaelic in Scotland', in Rights, Promotion and Integration Issues for Minority Languages in Europe, ed. by Susanna Pertot et al., 141-64. Basingstoke: Palgrave.

Chalmers, Douglas, and Danson, Mike (2011). 'The Role of Arts and Culture in Economic Regeneration: Gaelic in Glasgow', in The Cultural Political Economy of Small Cities, ed. by Anne Lorentzen and Bas van Heur, 95-110. London: Routledge.

Comunn na Gàidhlig (1988). Towards a Gaelic Television Service. Inverness: Comunn na Gàidhlig.

Cormack, Mike (1994). 'Programming for Cultural Defence: The Expansion of Gaelic Television'. Scottish Affairs, 6, 114-36.

Cormack, Mike (1995). 'The Use of Gaelic in Scottish Newspapers'. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 16, 269.

Cormack, Mike (2006). 'The media, language maintenance and Gaelic', in Revitalising Gaelic in Scotland, ed. by Wilson McLeod, 211-19. Edinburgh: Dunedin Academic Press.

Cormack, Mike (2008). 'Gaelic, the Media and Scotland', in The Media in Scotland, ed. by Neil Blain and David Hutchison, 213-26. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Cormack, Mike (2010). 'Gaelic in the New Digital Landscape', in Coimhearsnachdan Gàidhlig An-diugh/Gaelic Communities Today, ed. by Gillian Munro & Iain Mac an Tàilleir, 127-37. Edinburgh: Dunedin Academic Press.

Creative Scotland (2012). Gaelic Language Plan. Edinburgh: Creative Scotland.

Dembling, Jonathan (2010). 'Instrumental music and Gaelic revitalization in Scotland and Nova Scotia'. International Journal of the Sociology of Language, 206, 245-54.

Gaelic Arts Strategic Development Forum (2009). The National Gaelic Arts Strategy 2009-2012. Inverness: Gaelic Arts Strategic Development Forum.

Gaelic Broadcasting Task Force (2000). Gaelic Broadcasting Task Force Report. Edinburgh: The Scottish Executive.

Galloway, Susan (2012). 'The Arts Council and the Gaelic Arts'. Northern Scotland, 3, 98-131.

Glasgow Life (2011). Gaelic Arts Strategy 2011-14. Glasgow: Glasgow Life.

Hourigan, Niamh, and Mike Cormack, eds (2007). Minority Language Media: Concepts, Critiques and Case Studies. Clevedon: Multilingual Matters.

Lang, Alison (2006). 'Cruthachadh is cleachdadh: ceistean air planadh cànain agus na h-ealain Ghàidhlig', in Revitalising Gaelic in Scotland, ed. by Wilson McLeod, 199-210. Edinburgh: Dunedin Academic Press.

MacKay, John A. (2009). 'Gaelic-medium Broadcasting and the Economy', in Language and Economic Development: Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, and Scotland, ed. by John M. Kirk and Dónall Ó Baoill, 175-82. Belfast: Cló Ollscoil na Banríona.

MacLean, Malcolm (2000). 'Parallel Universes: Gaelic Arts Development in Scotland, 1985-2000', in Aithne na nGael/Gaelic Identities, ed. by Gordon McCoy with Maolcholaim Scott, 105-25. Belfast: Institute of Irish Studies, Queen's University Belfast/ULTACH Trust.

MacLeod, Finlay (1986). 'The Gaelic Arts: A Way Ahead'. Edinburgh: Scottish Arts Council.

MacPherson, John A. (1998-2000). 'The Development of Gaelic Broadcasting'. Transactions of the Gaelic Society of Inverness, 61, 251-79.

Matarosso, François (1996). Northern Lights: The Social Impact of the Fèisean (Gaelic Festivals). Paris: Comedia.

Milligan, Lindsay, et al. (2011). 'BBC ALBA's contribution to Gaelic language planning efforts for Gaelic in Scotland'. Current Issues in Language Planning, 12, 349-61.

Shaw, John (1993). 'Gaelic Cultural Maintenance: The Contribution of Ethnology', in FASGNAG II: Second Conference on Research and Studies on the Maintenance of Gaelic (Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, 24-26 March).

Sparling, Heather (2003). 'Music is Language and Language is Music': Language Attitudes and
Musical Choices in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia'. Ethnologies, 25(2), 145-71.

Sproull, Alan, and Douglas Chalmers (1998). The Demand for Gaelic Artistic and Cultural Products and Services: Patterns and Impacts. Glasgow: Glasgow Caledonian University.

Sproull, Alan, and Douglas Chalmers (2006). The Demand for Gaelic Arts: Patterns and Impacts - A 10 year longitudinal study. Stornoway: Gaelic Arts Strategic Development.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Students will be expected to develop their critical skills in evaluating competing discourses and arguments and in evaluating policy processes and documents.
Special Arrangements Jointly taught with undergraduate students (CELT10057)
Course organiserProf Robert Dunbar
Tel: (0131 6)50 3621
Course secretaryMr Alan Binnie
Tel: (0131 6)51 1822
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