Undergraduate Course: The Supernatural World (SCET10019)
|School||School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The course examines magical belief and supernatural entities in Scotland. This complex and much-neglected aspect of our cultural heritage is explored through a combination of empirical data (provided by case studies and archive holdings) and theoretical contextualisation. A dominant theme will be the identification and interpretation of vestiges of supernatural belief still extant and deeply embedded in Scottish cultural life. Comparative material from other Celtic-language cultures and Scandinavia will also feature.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students must have a background within the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2019/20, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 22,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||50% coursework: one essay (3000 words): 40% and one oral presentation (assessed): 10%; 50% degree examination (90 minutes)
Visiting Student Variant Assessment
50% coursework: one essay (3000 words): 40% and one oral presentation (assessed): 10%; 50% degree examination (90 minutes)
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S1 (December)||1:30|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- demonstrate expertise in the interpretation and understanding of supernatural belief and supernatural entities in Scotland from the earliest sources to the modern period;
- demonstrate an awareness of the range and variety of approaches to studying the supernatural and knowledge of a substantial number of critical texts;
- demonstrate knowledge of linguistic, literary, cultural, psychological and socio-historical contexts in which supernatural belief is found and knowledge of useful and precise critical terminology;
- evaluate and apply different interdisciplinary approaches in order to appraise the subject-matter of the course;
- demonstrate competence in transferable skills, e.g. close engagement with texts, critical evaluation of source material, independent reading, coherent and clearly structured writing, oral presentation, group discussion, time management.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Neill Martin
Tel: (0131 6)51 1981
|Course secretary||Ms Anne Kelly
Tel: (0131 6)50 4167