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Undergraduate Gaelic 2014-2015

GH1007: GAELIC FOR BEGINNERS 1A

15 credits

Level 1

First Sub Session

This is a 12-week course in the modern Scottish Gaelic language for students who have little or no prior experience of the language, or for students with no formal qualifications in Gaelic. 

You will learn Gaelic through a mixture of interactive language classes, a class which focuses on conversational skills, and a programme of homework exercises, together with self-directed learning.

By the end of the course, you will be able to speak, read, write and understand Gaelic at a basic level and you will have mastered a large working vocabulary. 

GH1008: GAELIC LANGUAGE 1A

15 credits

Level 1

First Sub Session

A course for students with Higher Learner Gaelic (or a similar 'learner' qualification). This course assumes a reasonable knowledge of Gaelic and will develop oral and written language skills.

GH1009: GAELIC FOR NATIVE SPEAKERS  1A

15 credits

Level 1

First Sub Session

A course for students with Higher Gàidhlig (or similar native speaker qualification). This course will develop oral and written language skills and will introduce students to Gaelic literary studies.  This course is taught in Gaelic. 

GH1010: GAELIC READING FOR BEGINNERS 1A

7.5 credits

Level 1

First Sub Session

This Gaelic reading course is offered in conjunction with GH1007 Gaelic for Beginners 1A. 

It aims to improve your vocabulary, fluency and command of language structures through practising reading out loud and through reading comprehension exercises. 

The course is aimed primarily at those students who aim to become fluent in Gaelic and who expect to continue with Gaelic to degree level. 

GH1011: MODERN GAELIC SCOTLAND A

7.5 credits

Level 1

First Sub Session

Scottish Gaelic (Gàidhlig) 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.

This will also make an interesting choice for people who want to know a little bit more about the cultural heritage of Scotland.

GH1507: GAELIC FOR BEGINNERS 1B

15 credits

Level 1

Second Sub Session

This is a 12-week course in the modern Scottish Gaelic language for students who have completed GH1007 Gaelic for Beginners 1A. 

You will attend three interactive language classes and one conversation class each week, as well as undertaking self-directed learning. 

By the end of the course you will be expected to have mastered a large working vocabulary and to be competent in understanding and using most of the major structures of the language. 

GH1508: GAELIC LANGUAGE 1B

15 credits

Level 1

Second Sub Session

This course follows on from GH1008.  The course continues to develop students' competencies in written and oral Gaelic.

GH1509: GAELIC FOR NATIVE SPEAKERS 1B

15 credits

Level 1

Second Sub Session

This course follows on from GH1009.  It continues to develop competencies in written and oral language skills (with a particular focus on grammatical accuracy).  Students will be also study an asepct of Gaelic literature for one hour a week.  This course will taught in Gaelic.

GH1510: GAELIC READING FOR BEGINNERS 1B

7.5 credits

Level 1

Second Sub Session

This course continues from GH1010 Gaelic Reading for Beginners 1A. 

The course aims to improve your vocabulary, fluency and command of language structures through study of a wide range of authentic texts.

The course is aimed primarily at those students who plan to continue with Gaelic to degree level or who aim to become fluent in the language. 

GH1511: MODERN GAELIC SCOTLAND B

7.5 credits

Level 1

Second Sub Session

Scottish Gaelic (Gàidhlig) is Scotland's oldest living language. In this introductory course, which follows on from GH1011 Modern Gaelic Scotland A, 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 GH1507 Gaelic for Beginners 1A, GH1508 Gaelic Language 1A, and GH1509 Gaelic for Native Speakers 1A.

GH2006: GAELIC FOLKLORE

15 credits

Level 2

First Sub Session

This course is an introduction to the wonderful world of Gaelic folklore.  The course will look at the traditional belief systems of the Scottish Gaels with regard to the second sight, fairies and the supernatural.  Students will learn about folk healing and rituals about birth, death and marriage.  Additionally students will look at some examples of traditional Gaelic stories, handed down for hundreds of years before finally being written.  Students will also learn a little about the different Gaelic song types.  In looking at the songs and stories, students will also learn about the people who collected these folk items.

GH2007: GAELIC LANGUAGE 2A

15 credits

Level 2

First Sub Session

This course follows on from GH1508 and is a language course for students who entered university with a learners' qualification in Gaelic.  The course will continue to develop students' linguistic written and oral competencies in three one-hour language classes a week.

GH2008: GAELIC LANGUAGE FOR NATIVE SPEAKERS 2A

15 credits

Level 2

First Sub Session

This course follows on from GH1509 and is a language course for students who entered university with a native speaker qualification in Gàidhlig.  The course will continue to develop students' written competencies in two one-hour language classes a week with a special focus on achieving grammatical accuracy.

GH2009: GAELIC FOR ADVANCED BEGINNERS 2A

15 credits

Level 2

First Sub Session

This is the second year Gaelic language course for people who started learning in their first year.  It builds on the foundations already set in the first year and continues to develop vocabulary, grammatical structures and idioms in both writing and speech.

GH2506: 19TH CENTURY GAELIC LITERATURE AND SOCIETY

15 credits

Level 2

Second Sub Session

Events in the 19th century radically transformed Gaelic Scotland.  This course looks at some of the key issues including of this era, including: the Land Wars, emigration, evangelicalism.  Students will explore how these pivotal topics are presented in the literature of the era.

GH2507: GAELIC LANGUAGE 2B

15 credits

Level 2

Second Sub Session

This course follows on from GH2007 and continues to develop oral and written Gaelic language skills in three one-hour classes per week.

GH2508: GAELIC LANGUAGE FOR NATIVE SPEAKERS 2B

15 credits

Level 2

Second Sub Session

This course follows on from GH2008 and is a language course for students in the native speaker stream.  Two one-hour classes per week will continue to develop student accuracy in the written language.

GH2509: GAELIC FOR ADVANCED BEGINNERS 2B

15 credits

Level 2

Second Sub Session

This course follows on from GH2009 and is for people who started learning in their first year.  It continues to develop a range of linguistic competencies in written and oral language.

GH3002: GAELIC LANGUAGE FOR NON HONOURS

15 credits

Level 3

First Sub Session

A level 3 Gaelic language class for students not taking Honours in Gaelic.  The course is topic based and will enable students to deal with a large range of subjects in Gaelic. The course also develops students' generic writing and oral skills.  The course runs over both semesters.

GH3003: ADVANCED GAELIC WRITING FOR NATIVE SPEAKERS - LEVEL 3A

15 credits

Level 3

First Sub Session

A level 3 Gaelic language course for students who came through the native speaker stream in first and second year.  This is course addresses the specific writing needs of individual students and is organised in a tutorial format.

GH3007: GAELIC TRANSLATION: THEORY AND PRACTICE A AND B

15 credits

Level 3

First Sub Session

This is a course for developing practical translation skills from Gaelic to English and English to Gaelic; it also introduces the theoretical concepts associated with transation studies.

GH3016: ADVANCED GAELIC GRAMMAR

15 credits

Level 3

First Sub Session

This course explores all aspects of Gaelic grammar and helps students achieve accuracy in their own written and oral Gaelic.  This interactive class is taught for one hour per week over both semesters.

GH3019: MODERN IRISH LANGUAGE A

15 credits

Level 3

First Sub Session

A course in Irish language for students who already have at least a reasonable grounding in Scottish Gaelic. As Irish is a cognate language to Gaelic this course moves at a rapid pace and by the end of it students will have a good understanding of how Irish works.

GH3020: GAELIC LANGUAGE A

15 credits

Level 3

Both Sessions

A level three Gaelic language course for students taking honours Gaelic. The course runs over both semesters and is topic based, enabling students to develop their ability to deal with a large range of subjects in Gaelic. The course also develops students' generic writing and oral skills.

GH3062: THE GAELIC SHORT STORY A

15 credits

Level 3

First Sub Session

This course studies the development of shorter prose fiction in Gaelic in the twentieth (and twenty-first) century. It will investigate the importance of the short story and consider its place within the wider Gaelic culture.  Students will read a range of short stories and critical material so that they can participate actively in class discussions.

GH3559: EARLY MODERN GAELIC LANGUAGE AND TEXTS A

15 credits

Level 3

Second Sub Session

This course introduces students to the Gaelic language and society of the early modern period c1200-c1700.  Students will learn to read short texts in the original language (with help); students will also read translated texts and scholarly materials about historical and cultural topics of that period.

GH3560: GAELIC IDENTITIES A

30 credits

Level 3

Second Sub Session

In this course you will learn about the different methodological approaches used to study language and identity and you will then gain experience of applying theory and methods from the course in the design of a research project on Gaelic identities. 

This course is taught through seminars accompanied by practical exercises and interactive group work to develop practical skills for conducting small-scale research.

GH4002: GAELIC LANGUAGE NON-HONOURS

15 credits

Level 4

First Sub Session

A level 4 Gaelic language class for students not taking Honours in Gaelic.  The course is topic based and will enable students to deal with a large range of subjects in Gaelic. The course also develops students' generic writing and oral skills.  The course runs over both semesters.

GH4007: GAELIC TRANSLATION: THEORY AND PRACTICE B

15 credits

Level 4

First Sub Session

This is a course for developing practical translation skills from Gaelic to English and English to Gaelic; it considers further theoretical concepts associated with transation studies.

GH4011: GAELIC SENIOR HONOURS SEMINAR

15 credits

Level 4

First Sub Session

This seminar course develops students' presentation skills in Gaelic. Students discuss various academic topics through the medium of Gaelic and then chose a topic they wish to research independently to present in Gaelic (in writing and orally).  This courses runs over both semesters.

GH4016: SENIOR HONOURS SEMINAR FOR NATIVE SPEAKERS

15 credits

Level 4

First Sub Session

This seminar course develops students' presentation skills in Gaelic. Students discuss various academic topics through the medium of Gaelic and then chose a topic they wish to research independently to present in Gaelic (in writing and orally).  This courses runs over both semesters.

GH4019: MODERN IRISH LANGUAGE B

15 credits

Level 4

First Sub Session

A course in Irish language for students who already have at least a reasonable grounding in Scottish Gaelic. As Irish is a cognate language to Gaelic this course moves at a rapid pace and by the end of it students will have a good understanding of how Irish works.

GH4020: GAELIC LANGUAGE B

15 credits

Level 4

First Sub Session

A level four Gaelic language course for students taking honours Gaelic. The course runs over both semesters and is topic based, enabling students to develop their ability to deal with a large range of subjects in Gaelic. The course also develops students' generic writing and oral skills.

GH4062: THE GAELIC SHORT STORY B

credits

Level 4

First Sub Session

This course studies the development of shorter prose fiction in Gaelic in the twentieth (and twenty-first) century. It will investigate the importance of the short story and consider its place within the wider Gaelic culture.  Students will read a range of short stories and critical material so that they can participate actively in class discussions.

GH4507: DISSERTATION IN GAELIC STUDIES

15 credits

Level 4

Second Sub Session

The dissertation course for honours Gaelic students is student-led.  Students decide in consultation with academic staff what topic they would like to research and write about for their final dissertation.  Students can chose any topic from the broad field that is Gaelic studies, including topics related to: Gaelic literature (a writer or a theme), Gaelic sociolinguistics, language planning, Gaelic cultural practices, etc.

GH4559: EARLY MODERN GAELIC LANGUAGE AND TEXTS B

15 credits

Level 4

Second Sub Session

This course introduces students to the Gaelic language and society of the early modern period c1200-c1700.  Students will learn to read short texts in the original language (with help); students will also read translated texts and scholarly materials about historical and cultural topics of that period.

GH4560: GAELIC IDENTITIES B

30 credits

Level 4

Second Sub Session

In this course you will learn about the different methodological approaches used to study language and identity and you will then gain experience of applying theory and methods from the course in the design of a research project on Gaelic identities. 

This course is taught through seminars accompanied by practical exercises and interactive group work to develop practical skills for conducting small-scale research.

GH4562: THE GAELIC SHORT STORY B

15 credits

Level 4

Second Sub Session

This course studies the development of shorter prose fiction in Gaelic in the twentieth (and twenty-first) century. It will investigate the importance of the short story and consider its place within the wider Gaelic culture.  Students will read a range of short stories and critical material so that they can participate actively in class discussions.

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