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Course Overview

The course would be of particular interest to students from outside Scotland, especially North America, Australia, and New Zealand, but also to Scots with limited knowledge of Scottish traditions.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Thomas McKean

Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Programme Level 2
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • EF3501 Scottish Folklore and Oral Traditions (Studied)
  • EF4501 Scottish Folklore and Oral Traditions (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


One or more of these courses have a limited number of places. Priority access will be given to students for whom this course is compulsory. Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for more details on this process.

Course Description

The course will introduce students to the internationally-renowned wealth of Scottish oral traditions, including Scots song, Gaelic song, ballads, folktales, music, and dance. Students will meet performers and 'tradition-bearers' as well as studying the contexts in which these art forms emerged and are carried on.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed


Contact Teaching Time

27 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


1st Attempt

  • 1500-word essay (40%)
  • Seminar participation (10%)
  • 500-word oral and written field report (10%)
  • Examination (40%)


  • Examination (100%)

Formative Assessment



Essay - comments and short interview

Seminar - oral feedback in seminars and mark at end of course

Field Report - oral feedback in seminar, the student then finalizes their written text and receives written feedback and a mark along with the returned text

Exam - mark

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