Undergraduate Course: Custom, Belief and Community (SCET10020)
|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||This course examines traditional forms of cultural expression connected to the rhythms of the seasons and of human life. It begins with an introduction to traditional cosmology, moving on to study calendars, ritual and carnival. Ritual theory forms an important part of the course. Examples are drawn mainly from Scotland and the Celtic-language speaking world, although it will be seen that the deep structures which underpin the various forms of cultural expression under examination may be readily found in diverse cultures across historical time. In this respect although the course derives its raw data chiefly from Scotland and Ireland, the critical/theoretical skills students learn are of widespread applicability.
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)
||One degree examination (90 minutes) - 50%
One essay (3,000 words) - 40%
One oral presentation - 10%
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||1:30|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- demonstrate expertise in the application of contemporary approaches to the study of traditional custom and belief, including traditional cosmology and ritual theory;
- demonstrate the development of a portfolio of critical skills (such as structural analysis) which will enable the student to apply these to case studies and conduct his/her original research in this area;
- understand the cultural, socio-historical and psychological contexts in which traditional custom and belief is encountered;
- demonstrate the skill to 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