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Undergraduate Course: Scottish Gaelic Verse in the Jacobite Period (CELT10017)

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
Taught in Gaelic?Yes
SummaryThe course studies vernacular Gaelic poetry during the Jacobite period, beginning with the Civil War of the mid-seventeenth century and focusing in particular on the various types of poetry composed in connection with the Jacobite rebellions. This body of verse represents an important source for the study of socio-historical developments in the Highlands as well as a corpus that is significant as a distinct literary genre in its own right. The course considers the role of the poet as spokesperson and opinion-former and in this context examines some of the most important poets and their output, investigating both overlaps and differences in outlook and function of their work. The poetry under discussion ranges from historical exposition, political propaganda, and military analysis to personal response, using both traditional techniques and innovative features to make its point. It also presents a specifically Gaelic perspective on Jacobitism and government politics.
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Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Gaelic 1A (CELT08004) OR Gaelic 1B (CELT08005) AND Gaelic 2A (CELT08006) OR Gaelic 2B (CELT08007)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesEntry to this course is at the discretion of the Course Organiser and will be arranged on a case by case basis by the Visiting Student Office in consultation with the department.

**Please note: this course will be taught in Gaelic**
High Demand Course? Yes
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate a sound knowledge of the distinctive characteristics of Gaelic Jacobite poetry and the position of the genre in the wider field of Gaelic literature;
  2. critically analyse the material studied as both literature and as a source for the study of Highland history;
  3. demonstrate an understanding of the way in which historical events and developments in the social environment are reflected and discussed in the poetry;
  4. analyse Jacobite poetry in terms of metre, style, and imagery;
  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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Course organiserDr Anja Gunderloch
Tel: (0131 6)51 1374
Course secretaryMs Sheila Strathdee
Tel: (0131 6)50 3619
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