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CE4047: INTRODUCTION TO OLD ENGLISH LANGUAGE (2020-2021)

Last modified: 05 Aug 2021 13:04


Course Overview

This course will provide an introduction to the language of the Anglo-Saxons. It will focus on grammatical study of the language, and translating basic Anglo-Saxon passages into modern English. It will be based on a new version of the Old English course designed by Dr Duncan Macrae-Gibson, an eminent Anglo-Saxonist and inspirational lecturer at Aberdeen. This 21st-century version of the course (published by Aberdeen University Press)  will include traditional and online elements. The course will give students the opportunity to begin learning the language in which 'Beowulf' and many other fascinating poems and prose texts were composed.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Aideen M. A. O'Leary

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

  • Either Celtic (CE) or Scandanavian Language (SN)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme
  • Programme Level 4

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

This course will provide an introduction to the language of the Anglo-Saxons. It will focus on grammatical study of the language, and translating basic Anglo-Saxon passages into modern English. It will be based on a new version of the Old English course originally designed by the late Dr Duncan Macrae-Gibson, an eminent scholar in Anglo-Saxon language and literature and an inspirational lecturer at the University of Aberdeen. This 21st-century version of the course (published by Aberdeen University Press)  will include traditional and online elements. The course will give students the opportunity to begin learning the language in which 'Beowulf' and many other fascinating poems and prose texts were composed. It will appeal to those interested in medieval cultures and in the history and development of language. The cutting-edge format of the course will greatly enhance students' digital learning experience.

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 3 Seminars during University weeks 8 - 18
  • 1 during University weeks 12, 16

More Information about Week Numbers


In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

2x language tests (25% each)

translation exercise (20%)

3000-3500 words essay (30%)

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

Written Examination (100%)

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualRememberILO’s for this course are available in the course guide.

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