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Course Overview

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.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Moray Watson

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Course Description

The course will be based on the study of short authentic historical documents and fictional texts produced in the language in the period c1200-c1700. It will involve morphological, syntactic and lexical study, with an emphasis on translation into English or modern Gaelic, and consideration of the socio-historical and literary background needed to reach a full appreciation of the texts. Directed self-learning will include preparation of translations for discussion and analysis in class and substantial reading on historical and cultural topics related to the texts and their authors.

Further Information & Notes

The course may not be included as part of a graduating curriculum with its counterpart course at Level 4

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: In-course assessment: 2 language exercises (40% each), and seminar assessment (20%).

Resit: 1 two-hour written examination (100%).

Formative Assessment

Students are formatively assessed based on weekly assignments which are generally delivered orally in class.


Direct feedback is given verbally to students to help them improve their understanding of the language and its context. Written feedback is provided on submitted tests.

Course Learning Outcomes


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