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GH3060: GAELIC IDENTITIES A (2017-2018)

Last modified: 24 May 2018 15:55

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 projects. 

Course Details

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

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Programme Level 3

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

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Either Gaelic (GH) (Studied) or MA Scottish Studies (Studied)
  • One of GH2502 Gaelic Language 2b (Passed) or GH2503 Gaelic Language for Native Speakers 2b (Passed) or GH2505 Gaelic for Advanced Beginners 2b (Passed) or GH2507 Gaelic Language 2b (Passed) or GH2508 Gaelic Language for Native Speakers 2b (Passed) or GH2509 Gaelic for Advanced Beginners 2b (Passed) or GH2513 Gaelic Language 2b (Passed)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • GH3560 Gaelic Identities A (Studied)
  • GH4560 Gaelic Identities B (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


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.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed


Contact Teaching Time

33 hours

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

Teaching Breakdown


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.

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