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Course Overview

This module is designed to introduce students to Doric/North-East Scots, the language of this part of Scotland. The course develops oral and written skills, explores North-East culture through song and story, and places Doric in the wider context of the Scots language, and other related European traditions.

Course Details

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

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

  • Any Undergraduate Programme

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Course Description

This introductory course is designed to introduce students to Doric/North-East Scots, the language of this part of Scotland. This will be achieved by exploring the structural features of North-East Scots and its rich lexicon. The course develops oral and written skills using contemporary examples of North-East Scots, explores North-East culture through a variety of mediums (both written and aural), and places Doric in the wider context of the Scots language and other related European varieties.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 8 - 18

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

Listening Assessment (15%)

Speaking Assessment (group presentation) (20%)

Writing Assessment (300-400 words reflective journal entry) (20%)

Reading Assessment (30%)

TAM (15%)

Alternative Resit Arrangements for students taking course in Academic Year 2020/21

1 x Resit Essay (1,500 words)

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualAnalyseUnderstand the linguistic structure of Scots as a rule-governed, historically and contemporarily productive system of communication
FactualApplyThink and speak clearly about the dialects of Scotland
ConceptualUnderstandDiscuss the Scots language status and role(s) in Scottish and world contexts, within a framework of contemporary sociolinguistics
FactualAnalyseRead key texts of North-East Scots
FactualUnderstandKnow the basic history of the Scots language
ProceduralApplySpeak, understand, and write Doric/North-East Scots in a range of specific-contexts

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