Celtic Civilisation 2 - Warriors and Cattle-Raids

Maynooth University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Celtic Civilisation 2 - Warriors and Cattle-Raids

  • Host University

    Maynooth University

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Celtic Studies, History

  • 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

    This module will introduce students to the medieval Irish saga literature which comprises the so-called ?Ulster Cycle?. This body of literature centres on the deeds of the warriors of Ulster and is set in an imagined pre-Christian Irish past. Particular attention will be given to the different recensions of the epic Táin Bó Cúailnge (?Cattle-raid of Cooley?), and its associated tales. The circumstances within which this literature was composed, and its debt to biblical and classical literature will be considered. Literary, moral, political and historical interpretations of the tales will be explored. Students will gain an understanding of the composition and reworking of ?Ulster Cycle? tales throughout the Middle Ages and there will be discussion of the reception and adaptation of this literature in the modern era.

    Learning Outcomes:

    On successful completion of the module, students should be able to:
    - By the end of this module, students will be familiar with a broad range of medieval Irish ?Ulster Cycle? literature.
    - The students will understand some of the literary, methodological and theoretical issues which are central to the study of early Irish literature.

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

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

Course Disclaimer

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