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Last modified: 27 Feb 2018 16:40

Course Overview

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.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 1
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Michelle MacLeod

Qualification Prerequisites


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

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2
  • Gaelic (GH)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • GH1011 Modern Gaelic Scotland A (Studied)
  • GH1511 Modern Gaelic Scotland 1b (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course gives an introduction to the social history of Scotland's oldest living language: Gaelic. It explores the origins of Gaelic in Scotland and how having once been the language of the Scottish court it went into a centuries-long period of decline. Students will learn of the processes which led to the 'inferiorisation' of the Gaels before gaining an introduction to the Gaelic community's revival. Topics include modern concepts of Scottish and Gaelic identity; the demographics of the Gaelic communities (traditional and modern); legislative support for Gaelic; the role of Gaelic education, broadcasting and publishing in Scottish society and an introduction to the vibrant modern Gaelic arts scene.  

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • Gaelic Joint
  • Gaelic Minor
  • MA Gaelic Studies
  • MA Mathematics with Gaelic

Contact Teaching Time

22 hours

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

Teaching Breakdown


1st Attempt

  • 1200-1500 word essay (50%)
  • Social media survey (25%)
  • Comprehension (25%)


  • Resubmission of failed elemnets iwth the assessment suite.

Formative Assessment



Feedback will be provided within good time (normally two weeks) to be able to be used by students in order to improve their work.

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