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CE3594: DANGEROUS LIAISONS: LOVE, SEX AND ROMANCE IN CELTIC WEST AND OLD NORTH (2020-2021)

Last modified: 02 Jul 2020 15:50


Course Overview

The literature of the Celtic and Germanic Middle Ages is famous for tragic tales of forbidden love, and for the frankness with which its poetry approaches the subject of sexual attraction. This course will explore how the interwoven themes of love, sex and romance were dramatized in Celtic, Norse-Icelandic and Anglo-Saxon stories and poetry. Topics covered may include: the love-triangle, maiden-kings, cross-dressing, amorous trolls, the stepmother as temptress, elopements and abductions, otherworldly lovers, unrequited love.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Professor Ralph J. O'connor

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Programme Level 3

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

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

The literature of the Celtic and Germanic Middle Ages is famous for its tragic tales of ill-starred romance and forbidden love, as well as for the frankness and freshness with which its poetry explores the subject of sexual attraction. This course will explore how the interwoven themes of love, sex and romance were dramatized in Celtic, Norse and Anglo-Saxon stories and poetry. Topics covered may include: the love-triangle in Celtic and Norse narrative, maiden-kings and cross-dressing in Norse romance, amorous trolls, the stepmother as temptress, elopements, otherworldly lovers, lyrics of requited and unrequited love, and sexual humour. All these texts will be studied in English translation, and no prior knowledge is expected.


Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 2 Seminars during University weeks 25 - 34

More Information about Week Numbers


In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for courses may be subject to change. All updates for first-half session courses will be actioned no later than 1700 (GMT) on 18 September 2020. All updates for second half-session courses will be actioned in advance of second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

Class test

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 30
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback

By email, with further one-to-one feedback meeting if requested

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualAnalyseEngage in analytical comparison between different literary and linguistic zones and chronological periods
ConceptualAnalyseAnalyse the balance of different viewpoints and ideologies within individual texts
ConceptualUnderstandUnderstand and appreciate a range of Celtic, Norse-Icelandic and Old English literary texts
FactualUnderstandUnderstand how to read these texts in their historical and literary contexts

Essay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 60
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback

Via Turnitin, with further discussion available in one-to-one feedback meeting if student wishes

Word Count 4000
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualAnalyseEngage in analytical comparison between different literary and linguistic zones and chronological periods
ConceptualAnalyseAnalyse the balance of different viewpoints and ideologies within individual texts
ConceptualUnderstandUnderstand and appreciate a range of Celtic, Norse-Icelandic and Old English literary texts
FactualCreateWrite a coherent essay exploring a chosen topic within the course
FactualUnderstandUnderstand how to read these texts in their historical and literary contexts

Tutorial/Seminar Participation

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 10
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Resit Assessments

Exam

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 100
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualUnderstandUnderstand and appreciate a range of Celtic, Norse-Icelandic and Old English literary texts
FactualUnderstandUnderstand how to read these texts in their historical and literary contexts
ConceptualAnalyseAnalyse the balance of different viewpoints and ideologies within individual texts
ConceptualAnalyseEngage in analytical comparison between different literary and linguistic zones and chronological periods
FactualCreateWrite a coherent essay exploring a chosen topic within the course

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