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CE5003
Models of Language in Society
CREDIT POINTS 20

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Robert McColl Millar

Pre-requisite(s): Available only to registered students on the MLitt in Language Policy and Planning

Co-requisite(s): None

Note(s): This is a core course for the MLitt in Language Policy and Planning

Models of Language in Society provides students with a grounding in the ways in which language, society, culture and history inter-relate. It demonstrates how concepts such as nationality and ethnicity have evolved, and what results these developments have had on our understanding of language and identity. Particular focus is given to how both individual and societal language attitudes are produced and what results these might have for either language maintenance or language shift with lesser-used languages.

Six two hour seminars, held fortnightly

One 3,500 - 4,000 word essay (80%), one class presentation (20%)

CE5008/CE5518
Vikings and Celts
CREDIT POINTS 20

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Clare Downham

Pre-requisite(s): Available only to registered postgraduate students

Co-requisite(s): Cannot be taken as part of a graduating curriculum with HI5078 ‘Vikings in Britain and Ireland’

This is an interdisciplinary course exploring (1) the clash of cultures between Vikings and Celtic-speaking peoples which erupted at the end of the eighth century (2) the relations which developed between Vikings and Celts, leading to the creation of new political identities and new forms of cultural expression. The course will begin with regional surveys of Vikings’ relationships with Celtic speaking peoples from the first raids until the end of the Viking Age. We will also engage in thematic analysis of the Vikings’ impact on state formation, settlement, economy, religion and culture. We will end the course by asking how perceptions of the Viking past have influenced the way that Insular peoples identify themselves in more recent times.

10 x 1 hour seminars

100% Continuous Assessment
1 x 2,500 word essay 90%; Seminar Presentation 10%

CE5010
Celtic Research Seminar
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Aideen O'Leary

Pre-requisite(s): Available only to students in programme year 5.

A series of five seminars, each focusing on a particular work by a member of staff in Celtic or related disciplines. In each seminar the author will explain the way in which the work was developed, the theoretical and methodological techniques applied, the kinds of sources used, and its relationship to more general interpretative traditions. The students will then discuss the piece as a group, having read the essay or chapter in advance. The seminars will therefore provide an insight into scholarly methods and research debates.

5 two-hour seminars to be held fortnightly during the first semester

In course assessment; one essay 3,500 words (90%), seminar presentation (10%)

CE5011
Reading Celtic 1
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Aideen O'Leary

Pre-requisite(s):

One class per week will focus on written exercises, one class per week will focus on reading and translation of text, one class per week will focus on grammar.

Three one-hour classes per week

100% Continuous Assessment

CE5012
Medieval Gaelic Language I
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Aideen O'Leary

Pre-requisite(s): Available only to registered postgraduate students

Students will acquire an understanding of Old-Gaelic grammar and vocabulary. There will be two one-hour language-classes per week: one grammar-class and one reading class.

Two one-hour language-classes

1 two-hour written examination (60%) and continuous assessment (40%)

CE5013
Modern Gaelic for Postgraduates (A)
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Aideen O'Leary

Pre-requisite(s): Available only to registered postgraduate students

Note(s): This course is intended only for beginners and is not available to candidates who have previously taken courses in Gaelic language

This is an intensive language course for students who have little or no previous knowledge of Gaelic. It concentrates on the acquisition of basic grammar and vocabulary, and on the development of reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.

Four one-hour classes per week.

4 language exercises (20%); oral assessment (20%); 1 two-hour examination (60%)

CE5504
Reading Medieval Celtic
CREDIT POINTS 10

Course Co-ordinator: TBC

Pre-requisite(s): Some prior knowledge of a Modern Celtic Language is assumed

Co-requisite(s): None

Note(s): None

The course will be based on a close study of extracts from authentic texts. It will consider the spelling problems these texts present. It will also make a systematic study of the morphological and syntactic structures displayed in the texts, and any general lexical problems they embody. Each week there will be exercises designed to reinforce students' understanding, mostly involving translation into English. The course will focus on Medieval Welsh, Irish or Scots Gaelic according to student demand.

10 one hour seminars (1 per week for 10 weeks.)

100% continuous assessment (practical exercises in translation).

CE5514
Reading Celtic 2
CREDIT POINTS 20

Course Co-ordinator: Prof David Dumville

Pre-requisite(s): CE5006 Reading Celtic 1

One class per week will focus on written exercises, one class per week will focus on reading and translation of text, one class per week will focus on grammar.

Three one-hour classes per week

1st Attempt: 100% Continuous Assessment
Resit: 100% Examination

CE5516
Celtic Dissertation Preparation: Sources and Source Criticism
CREDIT POINTS 10

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Clare Downham

Pre-requisite(s): Available only to students in Programme Year 5

The course consists of one-to -one supervision with the member of staff best equipped to advise the student on her/his dissertation topic. It will involve detailed and critical discussion of primary and secondary materials suited to the research interests of the student (as developed over the preceding semester) with the aim of providing the student with the fullest preparation for researching and writing the dissertation in the summer.

6 one-hour long supervisions (one to be held each fortnight).

In course assessment: annotated bibliography (100%).

CE5520
Gaelic Palaeography
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Prof David Dumville

Pre-requisite(s): Available only to students in programme year 5. Some knowledge of Old, Middle, or early Modern Gaelic required.

- Gaelic-Script history, A.D. 600-1700: recognition and discrimination
- The development of the Insular and Gaelic abbreviation-system
- Scribal activity in Gaeldom
- Patronage of manuscript-production

2 one-hour classes per week for 10 weeks.

100% continuous assessment

CE5521
The Mabinogion
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Aideen O'Leary

Pre-requisite(s): Available only to students in programme year 5

The course will focus on the most famous and fabulous collection of Medieval Welsh tales known as the Mabinogion. The stories combine elements of folklore, mythology and Arthurian romance. A selection of tales will be read in translation. These will be analysed and discussed in detail, with an eye to interpreting their literary and historical context, thus giving an insight into Medieval Welsh society, politics and imagination.

10 one-hour tutorials and 10 one-hour seminars.

In course assessment: exercise (10%), one essay 3,000-3,500 words (90%).

CE5522
Mediaeval Gaelic Language II
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Aideen O'Leary

Pre-requisite(s): CE5007 (Mediaeval Gaelic Language, I)

This course will deepen students’ knowledge of the fundamentals of Old-Gaelic grammar and vocabulary. They will learn about the changes in the language in the transition to and during the Middle-Gaelic period and start to read Middle-Gaelic texts.
There will be three one-hour language-classes per week: one grammar-class, one Old-Gaelic reading class, and one Middle-Gaelic reading class.

Three one-hour language-classes per week.

1 two-hour written examination (60%) and continuous assessment (40%)

CE5523
Modern Gaelic for Postgraduates (B)
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Aideen O'Leary

Pre-requisite(s): CE5009, Scottish Gaelic for Postgraduates (A)

This course builds on the foundation laid in CE5009, Scottish Gaelic for Postgraduates (A), and concentrates on the acquisition of further basic grammar and vocabulary, and on the development of more advanced reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills

four one-hour classes per week.

4 language exercises (20%); oral assessment (20%); 1 two-hour examination (60%)

CE5902
Celtic Dissertation
CREDIT POINTS 60

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Clare Downham

Pre-requisite(s): Available only to MLitt students in Programme Year 5

Co-requisite(s): Celtic Dissertation Preparation: Sources and Source Criticism

The course consists of one-to-one supervision with a member of staff. Students will be expected to produce a dissertation of 15,000 words.

4 one-hour supervisions.

15,000 word Dissertation (100%)