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Undergraduate Gaelic 2016-2017

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. 

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. 

GH1014: MODERN GAELIC SCOTLAND

15 credits

Level 1

First Sub Session

Gaelic is Scotland's oldest living language. In this introductory course you will learn about the Gaels, their history and their role in the shaping modern Scotland. You will also learn about how Gaelic language and culture became minoritised in its own country. Students will learn learn about various contemporary initiatives that are aimed at saving and promoting this indigenous language and culture and this will be compared to minority languages and cultures elsewhere in the world.

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. 

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.

GH2514: INTRODUCTION TO SCOTTISH GAELIC LITERATURE

15 credits

Level 2

Second Sub Session

This survey course is an introduction to Scottish Gaelic literature from the 17th century to the modern day. Scottish Gaelic has one of Europe's oldest secular literatures and this is an exciting choice for anyone with an interest in Scotland's history, literature and culture: it is taught using translated texts and originals for those whose Gaelic language is good enough. Students will gain new perspectives on key areas of Scottish society such as Jacobitism, the Clearances, the Highland Land Wars, the Celtic Twilight Movement and the Gaelic renaissance in the modern period. ​This course is suitable for anyone in Programme Year 2 with an interest in Scottish society.

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.

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.

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.

GH3561: GAELIC DIALECTOLOGY A AND B

15 credits

Level 3

Second Sub Session

This course explores Gaelic dialect distribution: students become familiar with some of the main extant dialects and look at some of the historical dialects. Students will gain a deeper understanding about the Gaelic language by learning about how Gaelic diverged from earlier forms. Students will study the Gaelic sound system and will be introduced to phonetics.  Classes will be a mixture of lectures, tutorials and practicals with plenty of opportunity to listen to and discuss various dialects.

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. 

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.

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.

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