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CE351B: SAINTS, SINNERS AND HERETICS IN THE CELTIC AND ANGLO-SAXON WORLDS (2022-2023)

Last modified: 01 Jul 2022 13:35


Course Overview

This course will explore developments ireligious beliefs and practices in the Celtic and Anglo-Saxon worlds (especially Scotland and Ireland) from 400 to 1200. Topics included will include some or all of the following: conversion to Christianity, saints and monasteries, the production of saints’ Lives and other texts, heresies real and alleged, Culdee works and teachings, apocryphal texts and prophecies, the influence of canon law, effects brought about by Vikings, and the wide-ranging reforms of the twelfth century. 

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
  • Dr Jon Cameron

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

  • Programme Level 3
  • Any Undergraduate Programme

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 explore developments in, and the varied evidence for, religious beliefs and practices in the Celtic and Anglo-Saxon worlds from c. 400 to c. 1200. Topics included will include some or all of the following: conversion to Christianity, saints and monasteries, the production of saints’ Lives and other texts, heresies real and alleged, Culdee works and teachings, apocryphal texts and prophecies, the influence of canon law, effects brought about by Vikings, and the wide-ranging reforms of the twelfth century. The course will focus mainly on Scotland and Ireland but will have significant Germanic elements. 

No prior knowledge of the mediaeval Celtic or Germanic worlds or their languages is assumed. Texts will be studied in translation. Any background in Irish Studies, Scottish Studies or mediaeval literature and/or history will be an advantage. 


Details for second half-session courses, including assessments, may be subject to change until 23 December 2022.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Lecture during University weeks 26 - 35
  • 1 Seminar during University weeks 26 - 35

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Details for second half-session courses, including assessments, may be subject to change until 23 December 2022.

Summative Assessments

Essay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 60
Assessment Weeks 35 Feedback Weeks 38

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Feedback

Feedback will be given on essay one in time to inform work on essay two, and formative feedback will also be offered on presentation.

Word Count 3000
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualApplyAbility to analyse and compare mediaeval texts and contexts between different periods and cultures.
ConceptualUnderstandUnderstanding the religious beliefs and practices of mediaeval Celtic and Germanic societies in their historical, political and cultural contexts.
ConceptualUnderstandUnderstanding the nature and significance of the textual evidence for mediaeval religious belief and practice.
ProceduralApplyTo plan and execute essays displaying a clear command of this material.

Essay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 30
Assessment Weeks 31 Feedback Weeks 34

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Feedback

Written feedback will be given on essay one in time to inform work on essay two and formative feedback will also be offered on presentation.

Word Count 1500
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualApplyAbility to analyse and compare mediaeval texts and contexts between different periods and cultures.
ConceptualUnderstandUnderstanding the religious beliefs and practices of mediaeval Celtic and Germanic societies in their historical, political and cultural contexts.
ConceptualUnderstandUnderstanding the nature and significance of the textual evidence for mediaeval religious belief and practice.
ProceduralApplyTo plan and execute essays displaying a clear command of this material.

Tutorial/Seminar Participation

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 10
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback

Feedback will be given on essay one in time to inform work on essay two, and formative feedback will also be offered on presentation.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualApplyAbility to analyse and compare mediaeval texts and contexts between different periods and cultures.
ConceptualUnderstandUnderstanding the religious beliefs and practices of mediaeval Celtic and Germanic societies in their historical, political and cultural contexts.
ConceptualUnderstandUnderstanding the nature and significance of the textual evidence for mediaeval religious belief and practice.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Resit Assessments

Essay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 100
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback Word Count 3000
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualApplyAbility to analyse and compare mediaeval texts and contexts between different periods and cultures.
ConceptualUnderstandUnderstanding the religious beliefs and practices of mediaeval Celtic and Germanic societies in their historical, political and cultural contexts.
ConceptualUnderstandUnderstanding the nature and significance of the textual evidence for mediaeval religious belief and practice.
ProceduralApplyTo plan and execute essays displaying a clear command of this material.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualUnderstandUnderstanding the religious beliefs and practices of mediaeval Celtic and Germanic societies in their historical, political and cultural contexts.
ConceptualUnderstandUnderstanding the nature and significance of the textual evidence for mediaeval religious belief and practice.
ConceptualApplyAbility to analyse and compare mediaeval texts and contexts between different periods and cultures.
ProceduralApplyTo plan and execute essays displaying a clear command of this material.

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