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Course Overview

Scottish Gaelic (GĂ idhlig) is Scotland's oldest living language. In this introductory course you will learn about the Gaels, their history and their modern culture. 

This course is taught in English and is normally taken in conjunction with GH1007 Gaelic for Beginners 1A and GH1013 Gaelic Language 1A.  While compulsory for Gaelic students, this course is also a fascinating introduction to other students interested in Scottish culture.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 1
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 7.5 credits (3.75 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Michelle MacLeod

Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course gives an introduction to the decline and development of the Gaelic language. Students will learn of the processes which led to the 'inferiorisation' of the Gaels before gaining an introduction to the Gaelic community's revival. Topics include Gaelic education from 1975 to the present, Gaelic broadcasting, Gaelic publishing, and an introduction to modern Gaelic poetry.  Students will be expected to contribute substantially to the once-weekly seminar discussions.

Further Information & Notes

All texts are delivered in English or with translation.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed


Contact Teaching Time

11 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


1st Attempt: 100% Continuous Assessment comprising 3 800-word essays.
Resit: 1 two-hour written examination (100%).

Formative Assessment



The above assessments are given CAS marks, and written or verbal feedback is also given. Additional informal feedback on performance and tutorial participation is also given in tutorials.

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