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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures : Celtic

Undergraduate Course: Medieval Welsh Texts 1 (CELT10005)

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
SummaryMedieval Welsh Texts 1 and 2 are taught in coherent sequence, side-by-side across the academic year. In Semester 1, there is co-ordination between weekly topics across both courses, while in Semester 2 different texts will be read for each course, and skills in orthography, palaeography, and transcription from Medieval Welsh manuscripts will be introduced to Medieval Welsh Texts 2.

The course(s) begin with an introduction to the basic pronunciation, grammar, and syntax of Medieval Welsh, and proceed to reading selected passages from Medieval Welsh prose texts with continuing emphasis on parsing key grammatical and syntactical features.

The course will be delivered in English.
Course description In Semester 1, introductory topics will include:

The pronunciation and spelling of Medieval Welsh

Parts of speech and word order

The nominal system

The verbal system and syntax


The verbal noun

The verb bot 'to be'

Irregular verbs

The 'little words'

In Semester 2, students will apply these skills to reading and translating passages from different texts for each half of the course, typically Breudwyt Macsen ('The dream of Maxen') for MWTs 1, and one of Pedeir Keinc Y Mabinogi (the 'Four Branches of the Mabinogi') for MWTs 2. For the latter, students will begin to transcribe from the manuscripts in which the text/s in question are preserved.

Course-work consists of (1) background and follow-up general reading of primary and critical material, (2) specific reading in preparation for classes, (3) engagement with and contribution to active learning events. Summative assessment begins in Semester 2, and will consist of short assignments responding to passages of seen and unseen texts, and a longer summary assignment assessing acquisition of skills in grammar, syntax, and transcription.

Across both semesters, students are expected to prepare certain exercises and assignments as 'homework'. For text-reading classes in Semester 2, the workload consists of advance preparation of texts, and participation in discussion of their translation, form, content, and context as appropriate.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites Students MUST also take: Medieval Welsh Texts 2 (CELT10006)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements The course will be delivered in English, but students should normally have studied a language to higher level, or be enrolled for another language course at university level.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesPlease note pre-requisites as stated above.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  0
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 44, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 152 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Semester 1: engagement with weekly activities (10%)

Semester 2:
Summative coursework: 50 % combined
(2 x assignments responding to unseen text, requiring translation and parsing of grammatical elements);

Summary take-home time-limited assignment (1 week) 40%
(2-part response to unseen text, providing translation and parsing all grammatical elements).
Feedback Content items such as quizzes set up for automatic grading; full written feedback including corrections provided for all other assignments.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the basic grammatical and syntactical structure, and of the basic pronunciation, of Medieval Welsh .
  2. Display reading ability of passages from edited Medieval Welsh texts.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of Medieval Welsh palaeography and orthography.
  4. Display ability in transcription of passages from Medieval Welsh manuscripts.
  5. Demonstrate awareness of certain aspects of the content of set texts in their original language of composition.
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Course organiserDr Kate Mathis
Course secretaryMrs Vivien MacNish Porter
Tel: (0131 6)50 3528
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