Celtic Civilisation 2 - Early Irish Myths and Sagas

Maynooth University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Celtic Civilisation 2 - Early Irish Myths and Sagas

  • Host University

    Maynooth University

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Celtic Studies, Irish Gaelic

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    The corpus of pre-Norman Irish narrative literature is introduced and surveyed. Early Irish sagas from various cycles, such as Cath Maige Tuired, or tales relating accounts of the hero par excellence Cú Chulainn, are explored in detail.

    Learning Outcomes:

    On successful completion of the module, students should be able to:
    - Discuss the development of literacy in early medieval Ireland.
    - Differentiate the ?cycles? of pre-Norman Irish narrative literature.
    - Outline key sagas and identify protagonists from the Cycles.
    - Critically analyse narrative features and their literary implications in specified tales.
    - Recognise thematic recurrences and literary motifs in the sagas.
    - Demonstrate effective and efficient research, writing and study skills.

    Teaching & Learning Methods:
    - Lectures: 24 hours
    - Tutorials: 5 hours

    - Continuous Assessment: 50%
    - University scheduled written examination: 50%

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