Law, Society and Learned Classes in Early Christian Ireland

Maynooth University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Law, Society and Learned Classes in Early Christian Ireland

  • Host University

    Maynooth University

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Celtic Studies, History, Irish Gaelic, Legal Studies, Literature, Religion, Sociology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

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

    This course considers in detail the nature and content of the Old Irish legal texts, mostly of eighth-century date, and the light they shed both on legal institutions and on social realities. Topics covered include the legal and social function of kindred, crime and punishment, the ownership and transmission of land and property, contract, suretyship, distraint and the conduct of the court. Early Irish law sheds light on the learned and professional classes. The impact of the church in moulding the general ideology and specific categorisation of these elements is explored. Especial attention is devoted to the status, qualifications, obligations and functions of the fili.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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