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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.
|Session||First Sub Session||Credit Points||15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)|
|Campus||Old Aberdeen||Sustained Study||No|
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.
This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.
Feedback will be provided within good time (normally two weeks) to be able to be used by students in order to improve their work.