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Postgraduate Course: Viking Studies (Level 11) (ELCS11007)

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
SummaryThe aim of this course is to better understand the historical developments referred to collectively as the Viking Age, c 800-1066 AD. The intention is to investigate Scandinavian Iron Age society in an attempt to identify possible reasons for the Viking expansion, to survey the various forms expansion taken by it, and to explore the legacy it left behind. There will be a special focus on raids and settlement in Scotland and the North Atlantic. Emphasis throughout will be on the critical interpretation of the various sources available - historical, archaeological, genetic, onomastic, literary ¿ as well as the ways in which different kinds of sources can be used to supplement one another.
Course description W1: General Introduction / History: Written Sources & Historiography
Debate - Perceptions, Points of View & Prejudices
W2: Archaeology
Tutorial: Reading the Material Record
W3: Language & Literacy
W4: Iron Age Scandinavia
The Viking Ship
W5: Life & Death
Weights, Measures & Economic Models
W6: Reading Week
W7: Social Structure & World View
Ritual & Belief
W8: Scotland before the Viking Age
The Gall-Ghàidheil
W9: The Northern Isles
The North Atlantic
W10: North America and The Vinland Sagas
W11: The Scandinavian Influence on English & Scots

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 172 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Essay (100%)
500 word Essay proposal (formative)
8-10 minute presentation (formative)
3,500 word essay (summative)

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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a deep understanding of the historical developments referred to collectively as 'The Viking Age', and covered by the period c. AD 800-1066, from the reasons for the Viking expansion to the legacy it left behind.
  2. Execute a critical appraise the various forms taken by the Viking Expansion utilising a sophisticated combination of sources, approaches and methods of interpretation, including historical, archaeological, linguistic, and onomastic, crossing disciplines such as philology and history.
  3. Produce clear, complex reports, articles and essays, which develop advanced arguments both critically and systematically with the consistent use of relevant emphases, subsidiary points, and examples.
  4. Demonstrate advanced communication, presentation and interaction skills across a wide range of media and circumstances, both formal and informal, for lay and specialised audiences.
  5. Consistently exercise autonomy and initiative, taking significant responsibility for the work of others and for a range of resources to bring about new thinking.
Reading List
A detailed reading list can be found in the Course Handbook.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information In addition to weekly seminars, here will be one extra session for course presentations.
KeywordsViking,Expansion,Diaspora,Norse,Old Norse,Archaeology,Scandinavia,Medieval,Place-names,History
Course organiserDr Alan MacNiven
Tel: (0131 6)50 3279
Course secretaryMrs Alisa Wilkinson
Tel: (0131 6)50 4465
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