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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures : Scottish Ethnology

Undergraduate Course: Custom, Belief and Community (SCET10020)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis 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.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed Scotland and Orality (SCET08008) AND Visualising Scotland (SCET08009)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs N/a
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students must have a background within the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2019/20, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  25
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 22, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 174 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 40 %, Practical Exam 10 %
Additional Information (Assessment) One degree examination (90 minutes) - 50%
One essay (3,000 words) - 40%
One oral presentation - 10%
Feedback Not entered
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)1:30
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate expertise in the application of contemporary approaches to the study of traditional custom and belief, including traditional cosmology and ritual theory;
  2. 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;
  3. understand the cultural, socio-historical and psychological contexts in which traditional custom and belief is encountered;
  4. demonstrate the skill to evaluate and apply different interdisciplinary approaches in order to appraise the subject-matter of the course;
  5. 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.
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Neill Martin
Tel: (0131 6)51 1981
Course secretaryMs Anne Kelly
Tel: (0131 6)50 4167
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