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GH3560: GAELIC IDENTITIES A (2014-2015)

Last modified: 28 Jun 2018 10:27

Course Overview

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.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Marsaili MacLeod

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Course Description

This course will develop your understanding of how our use of language reflects our social identities. It investigates the concept of identity and the work it does at individual and group levels in the Gaelic speech community. It foregrounds how the construction of identity is connected to language use at different spatial scales, micro and macro-societal. The course draws on a range of literary, statistical and ethnographic sources in order to illustrate the issues under investigation and it gives you practical knowledge and experience of data synthesis and analysis through weekly workshops.

Further Information & Notes

The course may not be included as part of a graduating curriculum with its counterpart in the other half of Honours. This course is available in 2014/15.

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: 1 two-hour written examination (50%) and in-course assessment: individual project (40%) and oral presentation (10%).

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

Formative Assessment

Students are assessed formatively on their seminar performance and also on their progress towards their individual project.


Verbal feedback is given to students in class and written feedback is provided on students' submitted work.

Course Learning Outcomes


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