Undergraduate Course: Reading Old English (LASC10049)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course focuses on the acquisition of the skills necessary to work with Old English text, both in edited and in unedited form. It provides students with an opportunity to acquire a reading knowledge of Old English, together with a command of central aspects of its grammar. In addition, they will learn to transcribe passages from facsimiles of Old English manuscripts, and they will prepare a 'student edition' of one such short passage.
The course will start by concentrating on the rapid acquisition of essential basic grammar, consolidated through exercises, and on the translation of short passages of simple Old English prose. Once the basics are in place, the level of difficulty and length of the passages will increase. Less central aspects of the grammar will be dealt with gradually, over the course of the semester. At this stage, we will also begin with work on transcribing and analysing Old English from facsimiles of manuscripts, which will alternate with the translation work using printed texts.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students should have at least 3 Linguistics/Language Sciences courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 27,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Revision Session Hours 1,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||There are two pieces of assessment for this course:
(1) An assignment providing 40% of the final mark
(2) A two-hour written examination providing 60% of the final mark.
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S1 (December)||2:00|
| On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
* read and translate unseen West Saxon prose with the aid of a glossary or dictionary
* analyse unseen Old English in terms of morphological and syntactic properties
* transcribe Old English from facsimiles of manuscripts
* make a student edition of part of a facsimile of an Old English manuscript
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||Teaching Contact Time: 9 weeks out of 11 at 3 hours/week = 27 hours
|Course organiser||Dr Linda Van Bergen
Tel: (0131 6)51 1998
|Course secretary||Ms Susan Hermiston
Tel: (0131 6)50 3440