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Course Overview

This course introduces students to the principal aspects of Scottish oral traditions from historical times to the present. It should appeal to both international and local students who are interested in learning more about traditional culture in Scotland, as well as the disciplines of Ethnology, Folklore, and Ethnomusicology.

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

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

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Programme Level 2

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The course will introduce students to the internationally-renowned wealth of Scottish oral traditions, including Scots song, Gaelic song, ballads, folk narrative (folktales, legends, jokes, riddles, proverbs), vernacular medicine, place-names, instrumental music, and dance. Guest artists will demonstrate these genres in class so that students can watch, listen, and experience tradition first-hand. Students will not only study the history of these art forms, but also the contexts from which they have emerged and how they are carried on today.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt

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


  • Examination (100%)

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.


Essay - written comments

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

Field Report - written feedback and discussion in seminar

Exam - mark

Course Learning Outcomes


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