Celtic Civilisation 4 - Introducing Celtic History and Languages

Maynooth University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Celtic Civilisation 4 - Introducing Celtic History and Languages

  • Host University

    Maynooth University

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Celtic Studies, History, Irish Culture, Irish Gaelic

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

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

    A series of lectures on Celtic History will introduce students to the primary sources for, and historiographical approaches to, the history of the Celtic-speaking peoples from antiquity to the late Middle Ages. Through a combination of geographically-defined lectures (on the Continental Celts, Picts, Britons and Gaels) and thematic lectures (on social organisation, religion, and economic history), students will gain a basic familiarity with the chronology of Celtic history and the major sources and scholarly debates.

    The second thematic cluster is an overview of the Celtic languages from antiquity to the present, focussing on their external history, their modes of transmission and their most salient linguistic characteristics, and linking the development and fate of the Celtic languages with the historical development of their speech communities. No previous knowledge of a Celtic language is required.

    Learning Outcomes:

    On successful completion of the module, students should be able to:
    - Understand the major sources, themes and debates in the study of Celtic history.
    - Have experience of the close analysis of historical sources.
    - Development of critical, analytical and essay-writing skills.
    - Identify the Celtic languages in their historical and geographical context.
    - Identify the main distinguishing characteristics of old and new Celtic languages.

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

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

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