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Undergraduate Gaelic 2015-2016

GH1007: GAELIC FOR BEGINNERS 1A

15 credits

Level 1

First Sub Session

This is an 11-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. 

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 Language 1A.  While compulsory for Gaelic students, this course is also a fascinating introduction to other students interested in Scottish culture.

GH1013: GAELIC LANGUAGE 1A

15 credits

Level 1

First Sub Session

This is a Gaelic language course for students who are relatively fluent in the language already and have studied it to at least Higher in school (Higher Gaelic or Gàidhlig) or have studied it to a similar level elsewhere. 

GH1507: GAELIC FOR BEGINNERS 1B

15 credits

Level 1

Second Sub Session

This is an 11-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. 

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 or GH1513 Gaelic Language 1B.

GH1513: GAELIC LANGUAGE 1B

15 credits

Level 1

Second Sub Session

This is the second-half of the first year Gaelic language course for students who are relatively fluent in the language already and have studied it to at least Higher in school (Higher Gaelic or Gàidhlig) or have studied it to a similar level elsewhere. 

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 learn about the different Gaelic song types and traditions.  In looking at the songs and stories, students will also learn about the people who collected these folk items.

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.

GH2013: GAELIC LANGUAGE 2A

15 credits

Level 2

First Sub Session

This is the second year Gaelic language course for students who are relatively fluent in the language already and have studied it to at least Higher in school (Higher Gaelic or Gàidhlig) or similar level.  It follows on from GH1513.

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.

GH2513: GAELIC LANGUAGE 2B

15 credits

Level 2

Second Sub Session

This is the second half of the second year Gaelic language course for students who are relatively fluent in the language already and have studied it to at least Higher in school (Higher Gaelic or Gàidhlig) or similar level.  It follows on from GH2013.

GH3007: GAELIC TRANSLATION: THEORY AND PRACTICE A AND B

15 credits

Level 3

Both Sessions

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 translation studies.

GH3021: GAELIC LANGUAGE (NON HONOURS)

30 credits

Level 3

Both Sessions

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.

GH3022: GAELIC LANGUAGE A

30 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.

GH3065: POWER AND PREJUDICE: GAELIC IN SCOTTISH SOCIETY A

15 credits

Level 3

First Sub Session

This seminar-based course provides a critical overview of the reproduction of the Gaelic speech-community from a socio-political perspective, both past and present. 

It places emphasis upon the ideas and ideologies which were vital in shaping the attitudes and actions of actors’ influential in changing Gaelic’s role in Scottish society during the 20th Century: the government, the Gaelic ‘Academy’, the ‘people’ and their allies, and public opinion.


GH3068: THE GAELIC POETRY RENAISSANCE A

15 credits

Level 3

First Sub Session

A course on Gaelic poetry post-1950 looking at some of the following themes: modern Gaelic identity, exile (and existentialism), Scottish nationalism, biculturalism, love and sexuality, and faith.  Poets who will be studied inlcude: Derick Thomson, Iain Crichton Smith, Christopher Whyte, Myles Campbell and Meg Bateman.

GH3564: THE GAELIC NOVEL A

15 credits

Level 3

Second Sub Session

The course will involve two hours per week of reading, analysing and discussing several of the most important Gaelic novels of the twentieth (and twenty-first) century.

GH3592: COMPARATIVE MINORITY LANGUAGE PLANNING A

15 credits

Level 3

Second Sub Session

The course will introduce core concepts in language planning and policy, and will critically examine theories relating to language shift and to methods of reversing language shift. 

The course will analyse the impact of language policy on the insular Celtic languages, with particular reference to Welsh, Irish and Scottish Gaelic, and it will critically assess contemporary measures taken to address the decline of these languages. 

GH4003: ADVANCED GAELIC WRITING FOR NATIVE SPEAKERS - LEVEL 4B

15 credits

Level 4

Both Sessions

This is a course for developing practical translation skills from Gaelic to English and English to Gaelic and builds on the skills taught at level 3;further theoretical concepts associated with transation studies are introduced.

GH4007: GAELIC TRANSLATION: THEORY AND PRACTICE B

15 credits

Level 4

Both Sessions

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.

GH4021: GAELIC LANGUAGE (NON-HONOURS)

30 credits

Level 4

Both Sessions

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.

GH4022: GAELIC LANGUAGE B

30 credits

Level 4

Both Sessions

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.

GH4065: POWER AND PREJUDICE: GAELIC IN SCOTTISH SOCIETY B

15 credits

Level 4

First Sub Session

This seminar-based course provides a critical overview of the reproduction of the Gaelic speech-community from a socio-political perspective, both past and present. 

It places emphasis upon the ideas and ideologies which were vital in shaping the attitudes and actions of actors’ influential in changing Gaelic’s role in Scottish society during the 20th Century: the government, the Gaelic ‘Academy’, the ‘people’ and their allies, and public opinion.

GH4068: THE GAELIC POETRY RENAISSANCE B

15 credits

Level 4

First Sub Session

A course on Gaelic poetry post-1950 looking at some of the following themes: modern Gaelic identity, exile (and existentialism), Scottish nationalism, biculturalism, love and sexuality, and faith.  Poets who will be studied inlcude: Derick Thomson, Iain Crichton Smith, Christopher Whyte, Myles Campbell and Meg Bateman.

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.

GH4564: THE GAELIC NOVEL B

15 credits

Level 4

Second Sub Session

The course will involve two hours per week of reading, analysing and discussing several of the most important Gaelic novels of the twentieth (and twenty-first) century.

GH4592: COMPARATIVE MINORITY LANGUAGE PLANNING B

15 credits

Level 4

Second Sub Session

The course will introduce core concepts in language planning and policy, and will critically examine theories relating to language shift and to methods of reversing language shift.

The course will analyse the impact of language policy on the insular Celtic languages, with particular reference to Welsh, Irish and Scottish Gaelic, and it will critically assess contemporary measures taken to address the decline of these languages. 

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