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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
SummaryCeltic languages are presently spoken in Scotland, Wales, Ireland, on the Isle of Man, in Cornwall and in Brittany, as well as in a small number of diasporic communities. This course will explore the emergence of these Celtic speech communities into the historical record in the middle ages, the social, political and cultural forces which have shaped their development, and their current prospects for survival. The impact of the development of central state authorities, the protestant Reformation, wider British and French politics, the Enlightenment, Romanticism, the emergence of the modern nation-state, contemporary minority discourses will be considered. Literary and other sources in the various Celtic languages (in translation) will be used to explore these themes. While the focus will be sociolinguistic and literary, linguistic characteristics of the languages will be referred to from time to time.

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 2018/19, 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:

M. J. Ball, J. Fife, The Celtic Languages (London, 2002)
T. Charles-Edwards, After Rome (Oxford, 2010)
J. Davies, A History of Wales (London, 1994)
J. Davies, The Welsh Language: A History (Cardiff, 2014)
A. Doyle, A History of the Irish Language: From the Norman Invasion to Independence (Oxford, 2015) D. Mac-Giolla Chriost. The Irish language in Ireland: from Goídel to globalisation (London, 2005)
V. E. Durkacz, The Decline of the Celtic Languages (Edinburgh, 1984)
S. M. Foster, Picts, Gaels and Scots: Early Historic Scotland (2nd edn: London, 2004)
E. James, Britain in the First Millennium (London, 2001)
K. MacKinnon, Gaelic: A Past and Future Prospect (Edinburgh, 1991)
D. Ó Cróinín, Early Medieval Ireland 400-1200 (London & New York, 1995)
C. W. J. Withers, Gaelic in Scotland, 1689-1984 (Edinburgh, 1984)
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 organiserMs Abigail Burnyeat
Tel: (0131 6)51 1310
Course secretaryMs Anne Kelly
Tel: (0131 6)50 4167
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