Students should note that all of the modules below may not be available to them.

Undergraduate students should refer to the relevant section of the UCC Undergraduate Calendar for their programme requirements.

Postgraduate students should refer to the relevant section of the UCC Postgraduate Calendar for their programme requirements.

CC1111 The Ancient Celts
CC1112 Celtic Religion and Mythology
CC1113 The Celtic Hero
CC1511 The History of the Celts
CC1512 Celtic Myths and Legends
CC1513 Celtic Literature
CC1514 Field Trip
CC2001 Saints and Scholars in Medieval Europe
CC2002 Celtic Saints
CC2006 The Brehon Laws
CC2007 The Celtic Languages
CC2008 Early Irish Spirituality
CC2010 Directed Study in Medieval Celtic Culture
CC2011 Celtic Women
CC3001 The Mabinogi: Legends of Medieval Wales
CC3003 Ireland and Scotland
CC3004 Otherworld Journeys and Saintly Visions in Celtic Literature
CC3006 Irish Historical Tales
CC3007 The Finn Cycle
CC3009 Research Project
CC3010 Early Irish I
CC3011 Early Irish II
CC3012 The Roots of the Arthurian Legend
CC6001 Old Irish
CC6003 Early Irish Text
CC6004 Medieval Welsh
CC6005 Research Seminar
CC6006 Special Topic
CC6007 Research Presentation
CC6008 Palaeography and Manuscript-based Research
CC6009 Dissertation in Celtic Civilisation
CC6010 Dissertation in Early and Medieval Irish
CC6011 Continuing Old Irish
CC6013 Field Trips to Early Christian Sites
CC6014 Independent Research: Early Christian Ireland
CC6016 Dissertation in the Beginnings of Irish Christianity
CC6017 Early Irish Text: Language and Literature 1
CC6018 Early Irish Text: Language and Literature 2
CC6019 Irish Pilgrimage and Development of the Western Church
CC6020 Otherworlds and Afterworlds in the Medieval Irish Imagination
CC6021 Devotion and Belief in Pre-Norman Ireland

CC1111 The Ancient Celts

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semesters 1 and 2.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 200.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 24 x 1hr(s) Lectures; 8 x 1hr(s) Tutorials.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Caitríona Ó Dochartaigh, Department of Early and Medieval Irish.

Lecturer(s): Dr Caitríona Ó Dochartaigh, Department of Early and Medieval Irish.

Module Objective: To provide a basic foundation in the history, literature, and culture of the early Celts.

Module Content: This module examines the emergence of the Celts as a separate people, and the story of their progress and social history on the Continent, in Britain and in Ireland.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Outline the history of the Celtic peoples from the earliest evidence to the insular migrations;
· Discuss how the Celts were viewed by Classical authors and how contact with the Roman world ultimately led to the demise of the Continental Celts;
· Show an understanding of the diverse range of sources for the period including archaeological, historical and linguistic.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Formal Written Examination 80 marks; Continuous Assessment 20 marks (1hr Class Assessment).

Compulsory Elements: Formal Written Examination; Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Work which is submitted late shall be assigned a mark of zero (or a Fail Judgement in the case of Pass/Fail modules).

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Summer 2015.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Autumn 2015. Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (Students must submit alternative assessment(s) in lieu of any failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment).

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CC1112 Celtic Religion and Mythology

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 2.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 200.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 24 x 1hr(s) Lectures; 8 x 1hr(s) Tutorials.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr John Carey, Department of Early and Medieval Irish.

Lecturer(s): Dr John Carey, Department of Early and Medieval Irish.

Module Objective: The evidence from the Continent and from Britain is explored, along with the Irish evidence.

Module Content: The religious beliefs of the pre-Christian Celtic world, with a specific emphasis on Ireland.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Explore the evidence for the religious beliefs of the prehistoric Celts;
· Compare the testimony of Classical authors with later sources from the Insular world;
· Outline the surviving evidence for the cults of pre-Christian gods and goddesses in Ireland.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Formal Written Examination 80 marks; Continuous Assessment 20 marks (1hr Class Assessment).

Compulsory Elements: Formal Written Examination; Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Work which is submitted late shall be assigned a mark of zero (or a Fail Judgement in the case of Pass/Fail modules).

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Summer 2015.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Autumn 2015. Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (Students must submit alternative assessment(s) in lieu of any failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment).

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CC1113 The Celtic Hero

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 1.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 200.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 24 x 1hr(s) Lectures; 8 x 1hr(s) Tutorials.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Kevin Murray, Department of Early and Medieval Irish.

Lecturer(s): Ms Marie Luise Theuerkauf, Department of Early and Medieval Irish.

Module Objective: The largest and most important component is Early and Medieval Irish literature. Its epic tales are studied in translation.

Module Content: The heroic literature of the Celtic countries with a particular emphasis on Ireland.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Examine and assess the early heroic literature of the Celtic countries;
· Discuss the literature and the manuscript sources in detail;
· Demonstrate an understanding of the themes of early heroic literature, e.g. the warrior ethos, the role of women, kingship, etc.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Formal Written Examination 80 marks; Continuous Assessment 20 marks (1hr Class Assessment).

Compulsory Elements: Formal Written Examination; Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Work which is submitted late shall be assigned a mark of zero (or a Fail Judgement in the case of Pass/Fail modules).

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Winter 2014.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Autumn 2015. Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (Students must submit alternative assessment(s) in lieu of any failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment).

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CC1511 The History of the Celts

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 1.

No. of Students: Min 30, Max 40.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 24hr(s) Lectures (24hrs of lectures over 10 evenings).

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Caitríona Ó Dochartaigh, Department of Early and Medieval Irish.

Lecturer(s): Staff, Department of Early and Medieval Irish, PhD Researchers, Roinn na Sean agus na Meán Ghaeilge.

Module Objective: To provide a basic foundation in the history and culture of the early Celts.

Module Content: This module examines the emergence of the Celts as a separate people, and the story of their progress and social history on the Continent, in Britain and in Ireland.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Outline the history of the Celtic peoples from the earliest evidence to the insular migrations;
· Discuss how the Celts were viewed by Classical authors and how contact with the Roman world ultimately led to the demise of the Continental Celts;
· Show an understanding of the diverse range of sources for the period including archaeological, historical and linguistic.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (1 x 1,500-2,000 word essay).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated.

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CC1512 Celtic Myths and Legends

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 2.

No. of Students: Min 30, Max 40.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 24hr(s) Lectures (24hrs of lectures over 10 evenings).

Module Co-ordinator: Dr John Carey, Department of Early and Medieval Irish.

Lecturer(s): Staff, Department of Early and Medieval Irish, PhD Researchers, Roinn na Sean agus na Meán Ghaeilge.

Module Objective: The evidence from the Continent and from Britain is explored, along with the Irish evidence.

Module Content: The religious beliefs of the pre-Christian Celtic world, with a specific emphasis on Ireland.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Explore the evidence for the religious beliefs of the prehistoric Celts;
· Compare the testimony of Classical authors with later sources from the Insular world;
· Outline the surviving evidence for the cults of pre-Christian gods and goddesses in Ireland.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (1 x 1,500-2,000 word essay).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated.

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CC1513 Celtic Literature

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 1.

No. of Students: Min 30, Max 40.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 24hr(s) Lectures (24hrs of lectures over 10 evenings).

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Kevin Murray, Department of Early and Medieval Irish.

Lecturer(s): Staff, Department of Early and Medieval Irish, PhD Researchers, Roinn na Sean agus na Meán Ghaeilge.

Module Objective: The largest and most important component is Early and Medieval Irish literature. Its epic tales are studied in translation.

Module Content: The heroic literature of the Celtic countries with a particular emphasis on Ireland.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Examine and assess the early heroic literature of the Celtic countries;
· Discuss the literature and the manuscript sources in detail;
· Demonstrate an understanding of the themes of early heroic literature, e.g. the warrior ethos, the role of women, kingship, etc.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (1 x 1,500-2,000 word essay).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated.

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CC1514 Field Trip

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 2.

No. of Students: Min 30, Max 40.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 4hr(s) Lectures; 1day(s) Fieldwork; 1hr(s) Directed Study (consultation time for individual student projects).

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Caitríona Ó Dochartaigh, Department of Early and Medieval Irish.

Lecturer(s): Staff, Department of Early and Medieval Irish, PhD Researchers, Roinn na Sean agus na Meán Ghaeilge.

Module Objective: To encourage in-depth engagement with the subject.

Module Content: The aim of the field trip is to develop the students' interest in the subject through non-lecture based engagement with original sources of evidence.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· develop and discuss their chosen topic, drawing on both primary and secondary material;
· demonstrate that they have learned appropriate research skills and shown an awareness of various research methodologies;
· complete a correctly footnoted field trip report.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (1 x 1,500-2,000 fieldwork project).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated.

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CC2001 Saints and Scholars in Medieval Europe

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 1.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 50.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 24 x 1hr(s) Lectures.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr John Carey, Department of Early and Medieval Irish.

Lecturer(s): Dr John Carey, Department of Early and Medieval Irish.

Module Objective: To present an overview of central aspects of the Celtic contribution to European civilisation in the Middle Ages.

Module Content: A survey of some of the central aspects of Celtic influence on the development of medieval European culture.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· List key texts which had a substantial and pervasive impact on European literature;
· Explain the historical factors lying behind the receptivity of European cultural centres to material from the Celtic countries;
· Trace the changing role of Celtic informants, and of the ideas which they brought with them, in the course of the Middle Ages.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Formal Written Examination 80 marks; Continuous Assessment 20 marks (1 x 1hr Class Essay).

Compulsory Elements: Formal Written Examination; Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Work which is submitted late shall be assigned a mark of zero (or a Fail Judgement in the case of Pass/Fail modules).

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Winter 2014.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Autumn 2015. Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (alternative essay, prior to the Autumn Supplemental Exams).

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CC2002 Celtic Saints

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 1.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 100.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 24 x 1hr(s) Lectures.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr John Carey, Department of Early and Medieval Irish.

Lecturer(s): Dr John Carey, Department of Early and Medieval Irish.

Module Objective: To examine the tradition of the Celtic saints in its various aspects.

Module Content: A survey of early Christianity in the Celtic-speaking regions, using the evidence of saints' Lives.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Assess the kind of evidence provided by saints' Lives;
· Trace the beginnings of hagiography in Ireland;
· Analyse the evidence of particular Lives, from Ireland and from other Celtic-speaking regions;
· Give an overview of changing representations of sanctity in Ireland between the seventh and twelfth centuries.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Formal Written Examination 80 marks; Continuous Assessment 20 marks (1 x 1hr Class Essay). Class essay and final examination will assess students' ability to draw upon and to apply knowledge gained through lectures and directed reading/study.

Compulsory Elements: Formal Written Examination; Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Work which is submitted late shall be assigned a mark of zero (or a Fail Judgement in the case of Pass/Fail modules).

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Winter 2014.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Autumn 2015. Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (alternative essay, prior to the Autumn Supplemental Exams).

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CC2006 The Brehon Laws

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 1.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 50.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 24 x 1hr(s) Lectures.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Kevin Murray, Department of Early and Medieval Irish.

Lecturer(s): Ms Riona Doolan, Early and Medieval Irish.

Module Objective: To provide an introduction to the representation of social structures in the Celtic countries.

Module Content: A survey of written sources concerned with the institutions of Church and State. All material will be studied in translation.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Evaluate the nature of learning and law in the Celtic countries in the Middle Ages;
· Outline the main features of medieval Irish society;
· Compare and contrast medieval society in Ireland and Wales;
· Discuss and critically evaluate the Brehon laws from medieval Ireland;
· Trace the archaic background to the laws and institutions under investigation within a social, institutional and cultural context.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Formal Written Examination 80 marks; Continuous Assessment 20 marks (1 x 1hr Class Essay).

Compulsory Elements: Formal Written Examination; Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Work which is submitted late shall be assigned a mark of zero (or a Fail Judgement in the case of Pass/Fail modules).

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Winter 2014.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Autumn 2015. Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (alternative essay, prior to the Autumn Supplemental Exams).

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CC2007 The Celtic Languages

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 2.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 50.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 24 x 1hr(s) Lectures.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Caitríona Ó Dochartaigh, Department of Early and Medieval Irish.

Lecturer(s): Dr Caitríona Ó Dochartaigh, Department of Early and Medieval Irish.

Module Objective: To survey the interrelationships and main characteristics of the Celtic languages.

Module Content: An examination of the emergence of the Celtic languages, and of the main developments undergone by them in the ancient and medieval periods.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Provide an overview of the history of the Celtic languages from the earliest Continental Celtic fragments to the decline of the Celtic languages in modern times;
· Situate the Celtic languages within the Indo-European language family;
· Analyse the emergence of Insular Celtic;
· Discuss the relationship between the Celtic languages;
· Examine the decline of the Celtic languages and their status in Europe today.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Formal Written Examination 80 marks; Continuous Assessment 20 marks (1 x 1hr Class Essay).

Compulsory Elements: Formal Written Examination; Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Work which is submitted late shall be assigned a mark of zero (or a Fail Judgement in the case of Pass/Fail modules).

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Summer 2015.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Autumn 2015. Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (alternative essay, prior to the Autumn Supplemental Exams).

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CC2008 Early Irish Spirituality

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 2.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 50.

Pre-requisite(s): none

Co-requisite(s): none

Teaching Method(s): 24 x 1hr(s) Lectures.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr John Carey, Department of Early and Medieval Irish.

Lecturer(s): Dr John Carey, Department of Early and Medieval Irish.

Module Objective: To survey religious belief and experience in early Ireland as these are reflected in medieval literature.

Module Content: This module examines a range of Irish religious writings from the early medieval period.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Evaluate distinctive elements in the religious culture of early Christian Ireland;
· Explain the role of nature and the cosmos in Irish theology;
· Discuss the background and central elements of the monastic ideal;
· Provide salient examples of the different forms of early Irish prayer;
· Explain the role of forms of devotion in society as a whole.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Formal Written Examination 80 marks; Continuous Assessment 20 marks (1 x 1hr Class Essay). Class essay and final examination will assess students' ability to draw upon and to apply knowledge gained through lectures and directed reading/study.

Compulsory Elements: Formal Written Examination; Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Work which is submitted late shall be assigned a mark of zero (or a Fail Judgement in the case of Pass/Fail modules).

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Summer 2015.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Autumn 2015. Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (alternative essay, prior to the Autumn Supplemental Exams).

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CC2010 Directed Study in Medieval Celtic Culture

Credit Weighting: 10

Semester(s): Semesters 1 and 2.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 10.

Pre-requisite(s): none

Co-requisite(s): none

Teaching Method(s): Directed Study (supervised independent research).

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Kevin Murray, Department of Early and Medieval Irish.

Lecturer(s): Staff, Department of Early and Medieval Irish; Dr John Carey, Department of Early and Medieval Irish.

Module Objective: To introduce research and essay-writing skills

Module Content: Detailed research and presentation on a topic agreed with the Department

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· develop and discuss their chosen topic, drawing on both primary and secondary material
· demonstrate that they have learned appropriate writing skills
· demonstrate that they have learned appropriate research skills and have shown an awareness of various research methodolgies
· structure a paper to make it suitable for public presentation
· answer questions on the presentation.

Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (Annotated Bibliography 50 marks; Presentation 50 marks; Essay (1,500 words) 100 marks).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Work which is submitted late shall be assigned a mark of zero (or a Fail Judgement in the case of Pass/Fail modules).

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated.

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CC2011 Celtic Women

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 2.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 50.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 24 x 1hr(s) Lectures.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Caitríona Ó Dochartaigh, Department of Early and Medieval Irish.

Lecturer(s): Dr Caitríona Ó Dochartaigh, Department of Early and Medieval Irish; Dr John Carey, Department of Early and Medieval Irish; Dr Kevin Murray, Department of Early and Medieval Irish.

Module Objective: To explore the roles and status of women in ancient and medieval Celtic societies, using such sources as sagas, lyric poetry, saints' Lives and legal treatises.

Module Content: A range of representative texts will be read in translation, and discussed and analysed in lectures.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Evaluate the relevance of accounts of goddesses and supernatural females to the actual status of medieval Celtic women;
· Demonstrate the importance of female figures in the ideology of Celtic kingship;
· Use medieval Irish and Welsh law as a tool for assessing the position of women in society;
· Explicate the uses of a female persona by medieval Celtic poets;
· Identify and assess the evidence for the position of religious women in the medieval Celtic countries.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Formal Written Examination 80 marks; Continuous Assessment 20 marks (1 x 1hr In-Class essay).

Compulsory Elements: Formal Written Examination; Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Work which is submitted late shall be assigned a mark of zero (or a Fail Judgement in the case of Pass/Fail modules).

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Summer 2015.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Autumn 2015. Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (alternative essay, prior to Autumn Supplemental Exams.).

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CC3001 The Mabinogi: Legends of Medieval Wales

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 1.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 50.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 24 x 1hr(s) Lectures.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr John Carey, Department of Early and Medieval Irish.

Lecturer(s): Ms Marie Luise Theuerkauf, Department of Early and Medieval Irish.

Module Objective: To provide an in-depth familiarity with some of the most important early Welsh tales.

Module Content: An examination of the Welsh tales designated the Mabinogi, considered both as vehicles of Celtic tradition and as works of literature.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Demonstrate detailed knowledge of the four constituent tales of the Mabinogi;
· Analyse ways in which the stories provide templates for correct aristocratic behaviour;
· Give examples of the author's use of parallelism and contrast to explore central themes in multiple stories;
· Recognise clues pointing to the existence of an inherited subtext beneath the surface narrative;
· Explain the varying significance of different kinds of external influence in the stories.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Formal Written Examination 80 marks; Continuous Assessment 20 marks (1 x 1hr Class Essay).

Compulsory Elements: Formal Written Examination; Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Work which is submitted late shall be assigned a mark of zero (or a Fail Judgement in the case of Pass/Fail modules).

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Winter 2014.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Autumn 2015. Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (alternative essay, prior to the Autumn Supplemental Exams).

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CC3003 Ireland and Scotland

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 2.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 50.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 24 x 1hr(s) Lectures.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Kevin Murray, Department of Early and Medieval Irish.

Lecturer(s): Dr Kevin Murray, Department of Early and Medieval Irish.

Module Objective: To provide an overview of contacts between Ireland and Scotland from the 6th to the 12th Century.

Module Content: This module examines the early political and ecclesiastical interchange between Ireland and Scotland.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Identify the primary sources which provide insight into relations between Ireland and Scotland in the period before 1200 AD.
· Analyse the kind of evidence provided by the various sources;
· Give an overview of the main historical developments which influenced relations between the Irish and those of Irish descent in North Britain;
· Assess the relative importance of ecclesiastical and secular institutions in forging and maintaining transinsular contacts;
· Trace the shifts in the relationship between Irish and Scots from the sixth to the twelfth century.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Formal Written Examination 80 marks; Continuous Assessment 20 marks (1 x 1hr Class Essay).

Compulsory Elements: Formal Written Examination; Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Work which is submitted late shall be assigned a mark of zero (or a Fail Judgement in the case of Pass/Fail modules).

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Summer 2015.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Autumn 2015. Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (alternative essay, prior to the Autumn Supplemental Exams).

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CC3004 Otherworld Journeys and Saintly Visions in Celtic Literature

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 1.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 50.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 24 x 1hr(s) Lectures.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr John Carey, Department of Early and Medieval Irish.

Lecturer(s): Dr Caitríona Ó Dochartaigh, Department of Early and Medieval Irish.

Module Objective: To give an introduction to a specific literary genre in translation.

Module Content: A special study, with close textual analysis of Otherworld, Voyage, and Vision Tales.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Explain the interrelationships of the texts in the oldest corpus of Irish Otherworld tales;
· List the underlying concepts which define the Irish concept of the "Otherworld";
· Situate Irish voyage tales within the social/historical context of penitential pilgrimage;
· Explicate the use and implications of a series of recurring images within the tales;
· Analyse the role of Otherworld traditions in Irish conceptions of kingship and society.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Formal Written Examination 80 marks; Continuous Assessment 20 marks (1 x 1hr Class Essay).

Compulsory Elements: Formal Written Examination; Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Work which is submitted late shall be assigned a mark of zero (or a Fail Judgement in the case of Pass/Fail modules).

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Winter 2014.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Autumn 2015. Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (alternative essay, prior to the Autumn Supplemental Exams).

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CC3006 Irish Historical Tales

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 2.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 50.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 24 x 1hr(s) Lectures.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr John Carey, Department of Early and Medieval Irish.

Lecturer(s): Ms Riona Doolan, Early and Medieval Irish.

Module Objective: To introduce students to medieval Irish literary compositions about characters and events of the early historical era.

Module Content: Study and analysis of selected narrative texts, in translation.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Trace the literary and historical developments which underlie the composition of these tales;
· Analyse the interaction of history and story in each of the texts on the course;
· Discuss the evidence of the tales regarding changing attitudes to Irish kingship in the period up to 1200 AD;
· Assess the manner in which the tales reflect contemporary social, political, and ecclesiastical issues;
· Describe stylistic features of the historical tales.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Formal Written Examination 80 marks; Continuous Assessment 20 marks (1 x 1hr In-Class essay).

Compulsory Elements: Formal Written Examination; Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Work which is submitted late shall be assigned a mark of zero (or a Fail Judgement in the case of Pass/Fail modules).

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Summer 2015.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Autumn 2015. Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (alternative essay, prior to the Autumn Supplemental Exams).

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CC3007 The Finn Cycle

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 1.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 50.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 24 x 1hr(s) Lectures.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Kevin Murray, Department of Early and Medieval Irish.

Lecturer(s): Dr John Carey, Department of Early and Medieval Irish.

Module Objective: To familiarise students with the extensive body of tradition concerning the hero Finn Mac Cumaill and his warriors.

Module Content: Close reading, in translation, of tales and poems from the Finn cycle.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Outline in detail the early corpus of stories centred on the legendary character Finn mac Cumaill;
· Deal sensitively with pre-Norman fíanaigecht;
· Demonstrate how cultivation of this material spread across Ireland and Scotland;
· Explain how the Finn Cycle emerged from fragmentarily documented beginnings to become the dominant literary genre of the post-Norman period in Ireland;
· Situate the major text of the Cycle, Acallam na Senórach, within Irish literary tradition as a whole.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Formal Written Examination 80 marks; Continuous Assessment 20 marks (1 x 1hr In-Class essay).

Compulsory Elements: Formal Written Examination; Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Work which is submitted late shall be assigned a mark of zero (or a Fail Judgement in the case of Pass/Fail modules).

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Winter 2014.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Autumn 2015. Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (alternative essay, prior to the Autumn Supplemental Exams).

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CC3009 Research Project

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semesters 1 and 2.

No. of Students: Min 1, Max 30.

Pre-requisite(s): none

Co-requisite(s): none

Teaching Method(s): Directed Study (Supervised independent research).

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Kevin Murray, Department of Early and Medieval Irish.

Lecturer(s): Dr Kevin Murray, Department of Early and Medieval Irish; Staff, Department of Early and Medieval Irish.

Module Objective: To introduce research skills

Module Content: Research on a topic agreed with the department

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· develop and discuss their chosen topic, drawing on both primary and secondary material;
· demonstrate that they have learned appropriate writing skills;
· demonstrate that they have learned appropriate research skills and shown an awareness of various research methodolgies;
· complete a correctly footnoted scholarly research paper.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (Project).

Compulsory Elements: Project.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Work which is submitted late shall be assigned a mark of zero (or a Fail Judgement in the case of Pass/Fail modules).

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated.

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CC3010 Early Irish I

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 1.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 50.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 24 x 1hr(s) Lectures; 12 x 1hr(s) Tutorials.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Kevin Murray, Department of Early and Medieval Irish.

Lecturer(s): Dr Kevin Murray, Department of Early and Medieval Irish.

Module Objective: To provide students with a basic introduction to the Early Irish language.

Module Content: Study of the basic rules of Early Irish grammar and syntax.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Deal competently with the basic grammar of Early Irish;
· Translate selected material from Early Irish into English;
· Comment upon and analyse in detail the grammatical structure of this material.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Formal Written Examination 80 marks; Continuous Assessment 20 marks (In-Class test).

Compulsory Elements: Formal Written Examination; Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Work which is submitted late shall be assigned a mark of zero (or a Fail Judgement in the case of Pass/Fail modules).

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Winter 2014.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: There is no repeat examination. Marks in Continuous Assessment element (in-class test) are carried forward. Students must submit an assessment, as prescribed by the Department.

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CC3011 Early Irish II

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 2.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 50.

Pre-requisite(s): Must have studied Early Irish previously.

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 24 x 1hr(s) Lectures; 12 x 1hr(s) Tutorials.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Kevin Murray, Department of Early and Medieval Irish.

Lecturer(s): Dr Kevin Murray, Department of Early and Medieval Irish.

Module Objective: To provide students with a basic introduction to the Early Irish language.

Module Content: Study of the basic rules of Early Irish grammar and syntax.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Deal competently with the grammar of Early Irish and translate selected material from Early Irish into English;
· Comment upon and analyse in detail the grammatical structure of this material;
· Describe the major changes which occurred in the language in the Middle Irish period;
· Outline the principal sources of Early Irish.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Formal Written Examination 80 marks; Continuous Assessment 20 marks (In-Class test).

Compulsory Elements: Formal Written Examination; Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): None.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Summer 2015.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Autumn 2015. Marks in Continuous Assessment element (in-class test) are carried forward.

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CC3012 The Roots of the Arthurian Legend

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 2.

No. of Students: Min 5, Max 50.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 1 x 24hr(s) Lectures.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr John Carey, Department of Early and Medieval Irish.

Lecturer(s): Ms Marie Luise Theuerkauf, Department of Early and Medieval Irish.

Module Objective: To survey the earliest sources for the Arthurian legend, and to identify Celtic elements in the Arthurian romances.

Module Content: Welsh and Continental Arthurian texts will be read in translation, and analysed and placed in their broader context in lectures.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Explain and assess the arguments for and against the historicity of Arthur;
· Trace the developments which led to the prominence of the Arthurian cycle in European literature;
· Survey the earliest Welsh literature reflecting the Arthurian legend;
· Evaluate the Irish contribution to various Arthurian tales;
· Demonstrate the specifically Celtic elements in Arthurian stories of 'courtly love'.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Formal Written Examination 80 marks; Continuous Assessment 20 marks (1 x 1hr In-Class essay).

Compulsory Elements: Formal Written Examination; Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Work which is submitted late shall be assigned a mark of zero (or a Fail Judgement in the case of Pass/Fail modules).

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Summer 2015.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Autumn 2015. Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (alternative essay, prior to Autumn Supplemental Exams).

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CC6001 Old Irish

Credit Weighting: 10

Semester(s): Semesters 1 and 2.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 20.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 48 x 1hr(s) Lectures; 24 x 1hr(s) Tutorials.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Kevin Murray, Department of Early and Medieval Irish.

Lecturer(s): Dr Kevin Murray, Department of Early and Medieval Irish.

Module Objective: To introduce students to the fundamentals of the Old Irish language.

Module Content: Study of Old Irish grammar and syntax.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Deal competently with the basic grammar of Old Irish;
· Translate selected material from Old Irish into English;
· Comment upon and analyse in detail the grammatical structure of this material;
· Describe the major changes which occurred in the language in the Middle Irish period;
· Outline the principal sources of Old Irish.

Assessment: Total Marks 200: Formal Written Examination 80 marks; Continuous Assessment 120 marks (80 marks are allocated to the End of Semester 1 Exam (1?hr Exam), 20 marks are allocated to the Semester 1 Inclass Test and 20 marks are allocated to the Semester 2 Inclass Test.). Students will be assessed on their ability to parse, analyse and translate selected passages of Old Irish and to comment on the grammatical structure of the language.

Compulsory Elements: Formal Written Examination; Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Work which is submitted late shall be assigned a mark of zero (or a Fail Judgement in the case of Pass/Fail modules).

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Summer 2015.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 3 hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Autumn 2015.

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CC6003 Early Irish Text

Credit Weighting: 10

Semester(s): Semesters 1 and 2.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 50.

Pre-requisite(s): A basic knowledge of Old Irish grammar.

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 24 x 1hr(s) Lectures; Other (16 hrs Project Work).

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Caitríona Ó Dochartaigh, Department of Early and Medieval Irish.

Lecturer(s): Dr Caitríona Ó Dochartaigh, Department of Early and Medieval Irish.

Module Objective: To read a selected Early Irish text.

Module Content: Study of linguistic and literary features of a set Early Irish text

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Read an edition of an Old or Middle Irish saga, with the assistance of glossary and notes;
· Analyse the grammar and syntax of the material studied;
· Discuss linguistic features which illustrate the transition from Old to Middle Irish;
· Illustrate the interplay of themes, presentation and language in their close reading of the selected text;
· Engage fully with the published scholarship relevant to the set text and understand how such an approach may be applied to other narrative materials.

Assessment: Total Marks 200: Formal Written Examination 100 marks (Formal Written Examination to be taken in Summer); Continuous Assessment 100 marks (In-class Tests/Project in Semester 1).

Compulsory Elements: Formal Written Examination; Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Work which is submitted late shall be assigned a mark of zero (or a Fail Judgement in the case of Pass/Fail modules).

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Summer 2015.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Autumn 2015. Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (alternative essay, prior to the Autumn Supplemental Exams).

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CC6004 Medieval Welsh

Credit Weighting: 10

Semester(s): Semesters 1 and 2.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 15.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 24 x 1hr(s) Lectures; Other (Project (16 hrs)).

Module Co-ordinator: Dr John Carey, Department of Early and Medieval Irish.

Lecturer(s): Dr John Carey, Department of Early and Medieval Irish.

Module Objective: To enable students to begin reading Middle Welsh prose.

Module Content: Introduction to Middle Welsh grammar, with some reading of a text.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Read an edition of a Middle Welsh tale, with the assistance of glossary and notes;
· Analyse the grammar and syntax of the material studied;
· Provide examples of cognate words in Welsh and Irish;
· Engage with the published scholarship relevant to the set Middle Welsh tale and understand how such an approach may be applied to other narrative materials.

Assessment: Total Marks 200: Formal Written Examination 100 marks (Formal Written Examination to be taken in Summer); Continuous Assessment 100 marks (50 marks for attendance and participation throughout the module; 50 marks for in-class assessment in Semester 1).

Compulsory Elements: Formal Written Examination; Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Work which is submitted late shall be assigned a mark of zero (or a Fail Judgement in the case of Pass/Fail modules).

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Summer 2015.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Autumn 2015. Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated.

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CC6005 Research Seminar

Credit Weighting: 10

Semester(s): Semesters 1 and 2.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 50.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 24 x 1hr(s) Lectures; Directed Study (Consultation hours in preparation of project).

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Caitríona Ó Dochartaigh, Department of Early and Medieval Irish.

Lecturer(s): Staff, Department of Early and Medieval Irish.

Module Objective: The module will introduce students to the basic research skills necessary for postgraduate work.

Module Content: Reading of manuscripts and analysis of materials.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Discuss the issues involved in editing medieval manuscripts;
· Describe various editorial techniques in detail and understand their relevance to the editing of medieval Irish texts;
· Analyse the grammar and syntax of the material discussed in the seminar;
· Participate in and contribute to a discussion at the highest scholarly level;
· Identify the historical variations between different periods of the Irish language.

Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (Project of 3,000-5,000 words.). The project will be assessed on the basis of the student's ability to identify, engage with and develop a research topic.

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment. Project.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Work which is submitted late shall be assigned a mark of zero (or a Fail Judgement in the case of Pass/Fail modules).

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated.

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CC6006 Special Topic

Credit Weighting: 10

Semester(s): Semesters 1 and 2.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 20.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): Directed Study (Supervised Independent Research. If appropriate, student may also attend a language course such as LT6001).

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Kevin Murray, Department of Early and Medieval Irish.

Lecturer(s): Staff, Department of Early and Medieval Irish.

Module Objective: To introduce research skills relevant to Medieval Studies generally and to the field of Celtic Studies specifically.

Module Content: Research on a topic agreed with the Department.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· choose a research topic, survey the state of research on the chosen topic and develop a methodology appropriate to the research undertaken;
· apply this methodology to other modules in the MA, particularly to the writing of the dissertation;
· demonstrate familiarity with the primary and secondary sources in the field of Celtic Studies;
· engage confidently with current scholarly discourse in the chosen subject area;
· demonstrate writing and research skills by completing a fully footnoted scholarly research paper of an appropriate scholarly standard.

Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (Project of 3,000-5,000 words.). The project will be assessed on the basis of the student's ability to identify, engage with and develop a research topic. This may be a language course; if on the other hand written work is submitted, it will be assessed for the extent to which it exhibits full use of appropriate primary and secondary sources, and demonstrates a command of correct scholarly methodology in preparing a fully referenced research paper.

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Work which is submitted late shall be assigned a mark of zero (or a Fail Judgement in the case of Pass/Fail modules).

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated.

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CC6007 Research Presentation

Credit Weighting: 10

Semester(s): Semester 2.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 15.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 24 x 1hr(s) Seminars (Attendance at seminars); Other (Preparation of presentation (16hrs)).

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Kevin Murray, Department of Early and Medieval Irish.

Lecturer(s): Staff, Department of Early and Medieval Irish.

Module Objective: To enhance research and presentation skills

Module Content: Preparation and public presentation of a research paper

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Construct a coherent research proposal by choosing and developing an appropriate study topic;
· Access primary and secondary source material, and show familiarity with research practices;
· Structure a paper to make it suitable for a presentation to an academic audience;
· Present arguments, articulate ideas and communicate findings to an audience in a clear and coherent manner;
· Demonstrate an ability to address questions on the presentation.

Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (Paper of 2,500-4,000 words: 100 marks; Final presentation: 100 marks).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Work which is submitted late shall be assigned a mark of zero (or a Fail Judgement in the case of Pass/Fail modules).

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated.

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CC6008 Palaeography and Manuscript-based Research

Credit Weighting: 10

Semester(s): Semester 1.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 80.

Pre-requisite(s): Attendance at September workshop

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): Workshops (2 day workshop in September prior to registration); Other (Directed Study: Supervised Independent Research).

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Caitríona Ó Dochartaigh, Department of Early and Medieval Irish.

Lecturer(s): Staff, Department of Early and Medieval Irish.

Module Objective: To enhance research skills.

Module Content: Palaeography training and research on a topic agreed with the Department

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Access source material and familiarise themselves with cataloguing practices.
· Differentiate a variety of medieval and modern scripts including the many abbreviations employed.
· Interpret and edit manuscripts to a high standard.
· Use the associated technology with confidence including digitised material.
· Evaluate the challenges of editing, including the problems of variant copies of a text, critical v. diplomatic editions and the arguments for and against normalisation.
· Describe the history of manuscript production including preparing vellum, binding, folio gatherings, etc.

Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (Project of 3,000-5,000 words).

Compulsory Elements: Students are required to attend the September Workshop (prior to registration), Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Work which is submitted late shall be assigned a mark of zero (or a Fail Judgement in the case of Pass/Fail modules).

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated.

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CC6009 Dissertation in Celtic Civilisation

Credit Weighting: 40

Semester(s): Semester 3.

No. of Students: Min 1, Max 15.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): Directed Study (Supervised Independent Research).

Module Co-ordinator: Dr John Carey, Department of Early and Medieval Irish.

Lecturer(s): Staff, Department of Early and Medieval Irish.

Module Objective: To enhance research and writing skills.

Module Content: Independent research on a topic agreed with the Department within the broad area of Celtic Civilisation.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· deal knowledgeably with the primary sources to develop a suitable research topic in consultation with Departmental staff;
· build upon research skills developed in other modules of the MA programme and utilise these skills to undertake supervised independent research;
· write about a specific field of study in a coherent and well-structured way, utilising advanced critical, theoretical and methodological concepts in the presentation of their research;
· demonstrate appropriate writing skills to complete and submit a dissertation of 20,000 words.

Assessment: Total Marks 800: Continuous Assessment 800 marks (Dissertation of 20,000 words).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment. Dissertation.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Work which is submitted late shall be assigned a mark of zero (or a Fail Judgement in the case of Pass/Fail modules).

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: No Supplemental Examination.

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CC6010 Dissertation in Early and Medieval Irish

Credit Weighting: 40

Semester(s): Semester 3.

No. of Students: Min 1, Max 15.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): Directed Study (Supervised Research).

Module Co-ordinator: Dr John Carey, Department of Early and Medieval Irish.

Lecturer(s): Staff, Department of Early and Medieval Irish.

Module Objective: To enhance research skills, and to present research results effectively.

Module Content: Independent research on a topic agreed with the Department in the area of Early and Medieval Irish language and literature.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· demonstrate a capacity to do independent research by utilising relevant primary and secondary sources to develop a suitable research topic in consultation with Departmental staff;
· build upon research skills developed in other modules of the MA programme and utilise these skills to undertake supervised independent research;
· write about a specific field of study in a coherent and well-structured way, utilising advanced critical, theoretical and methodological concepts in the presentation of their research;
· demonstrate appropriate writing skills to complete and submit a dissertation of 20,000 words through the medium of English or Irish.

Assessment: Total Marks 800: Continuous Assessment 800 marks (Dissertation of 20,000 words).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment. Dissertation.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Work which is submitted late shall be assigned a mark of zero (or a Fail Judgement in the case of Pass/Fail modules).

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: No Supplemental Examination.

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CC6011 Continuing Old Irish

Credit Weighting: 10

Semester(s): Semesters 1 and 2.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 20.

Pre-requisite(s): CC3005, CC6001, CC3010 or CC3011 (or equivalent)

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 24 x 1hr(s) Lectures; Other (Project (16 hrs)).

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Kevin Murray, Department of Early and Medieval Irish.

Lecturer(s): Staff, Department of Early and Medieval Irish.

Module Objective: To take students through more advanced aspects of the Old Irish language.

Module Content: Further study of Old Irish grammar and syntax.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Deal competently with the grammar of Early Irish and translate selected texts from Early Irish into English;
· Comment upon and analyse in detail the grammatical structure of the texts being translated;
· Describe the major changes which occurred in the language from the Old Irish period to the Early Modern Irish period;
· Have an increased understanding of medieval Irish culture and the literature that it produced;
· Use their knowledge of Old and Middle Irish to assign possible dates of composition to Irish-language texts written in the medieval Irish period.

Assessment: Total Marks 200: Formal Written Examination 100 marks (Formal Written Examination to be taken in Summer); Continuous Assessment 100 marks (50 marks for in-class assessment in Semester 1; 50 marks for in-class assessment in Semester 2). Students will be assessed on their ability to parse, analyse, translate and linguistically date selected passages of Old Irish and to comment on the grammatical structure of the language.

Compulsory Elements: Formal Written Examination; Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Work which is submitted late shall be assigned a mark of zero (or a Fail Judgement in the case of Pass/Fail modules).

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: 1 x 3 hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Summer 2015.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 3 hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Autumn 2015. Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated.

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CC6013 Field Trips to Early Christian Sites

Credit Weighting: 15

Semester(s): Semester 2. (usually held in Study Review week of Semester 2).

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 40.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 4hr(s) Lectures (as well as extensive preparatory reading and self-directed study); 5day(s) Fieldwork (including evening lectures); 6hr(s) Directed Study (consultation time for individual student projects); Practicals (individual student seminar presentations on Field Trip journals).

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Caitríona Ó Dochartaigh, Department of Early and Medieval Irish.

Lecturer(s): Dr Caitríona Ó Dochartaigh, Department of Early and Medieval Irish.

Module Objective: To give students an appreciation of the wider context of medieval Irish Christianity and to encourage in-depth engagement with the subject.

Module Content: The aim of the field trips is to develop the students' interest in the subject through non-lecture based engagement with early Christian sites in Ireland. The combination of site visits and lectures, coupled with project work and a detailed journal/portfolio prepared by the students creates a varied and rich learning experience which develops the students' skills and confidence on many different levels.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Describe the sites they have visited accurately, drawing attention to significant features;
· Discuss the physical and cultural context of early medieval Irish Christian culture;
· Develop and discuss their chosen Fieldwork Project, drawing on both primary and secondary material;
· Complete a correctly footnoted report on the project, demonstrating the research skills they have developed;
· Confidently present the results of their research in front of their peers in the module seminars;
· Compile a digital journal based on their experiences of the field trip which may then be subsequently displayed on the course website.

Assessment: Total Marks 300: Continuous Assessment 300 marks (Fieldwork Project (1 x 2,500-4,000 word project, may include site drawings/plans, maps, photographs, etc. (150 marks)); Field Trip Journal (1 x 2,000-2,500 word journal/portfolio or equivalent in digital format, may include video, audio, images, etc. Students may also submit group work journals but in this case they must be substantial in scope (100 marks)); Presentation (40-50min) of Field Trip Journal at individual seminars attended by Departmental staff and students (50 marks).).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Work which is submitted late shall be assigned a mark of zero (or a Fail Judgement in the case of Pass/Fail modules).

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (Any student who cannot participate in the organised Field Trip must make alternative arrangements, in consultation with the module co-ordinator, to visit a number of key Early Christian sites in Ireland independently, and submit the necessary course work subsequently).

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CC6014 Independent Research: Early Christian Ireland

Credit Weighting: 10

Semester(s): Semesters 1 and 2.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 20.

Pre-requisite(s): none

Co-requisite(s): none

Teaching Method(s): Directed Study (Supervised Independent Research).

Module Co-ordinator: Dr John Carey, Department of Early and Medieval Irish.

Lecturer(s): Staff, Early and Medieval Irish.

Module Objective: Development of research skills specific to the study of early Christian Ireland.

Module Content: A topic concerning early Christian Ireland will be chosen by the student with guidance from Departmental staff. This topic will be investigated and written up as a research paper to meet scholarly standards obtaining in the field. Students will be guided on appropriate methods of research presentation.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· demonstrate familiarity with primary and secondary sources in the area of early Irish Christianity;
· engage confidently with current scholarly discourse in the subject area;
· develop and apply a methodology appropriate to the research undertaken;
· apply this methodology in other modules and particularly in the writing of the dissertation;
· show that they have a complete grasp of the topic investigated by producing a fully referenced research paper of an appropriate scholarly standard.

Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (Project of 3,000-5,000 words.). The project will be assessed on the basis of the student's ability to identify, engage with and develop an independent research topic; to make full use of appropriate primary and secondary sources, and to demonstrate a command of correct scholarly methodology in preparing a fully referenced research paper.

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Work which is submitted late shall be assigned a mark of zero (or a Fail Judgement in the case of Pass/Fail modules).

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated.

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CC6016 Dissertation in the Beginnings of Irish Christianity

Credit Weighting: 30

Semester(s): Semester 3.

No. of Students: Min 1, Max 20.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): Directed Study (Supervised Independent Research).

Module Co-ordinator: Dr John Carey, Department of Early and Medieval Irish.

Lecturer(s): Staff, Department of Early and Medieval Irish.

Module Objective: To enhance research and writing skills particularly those relating to the study of early Christian Ireland.

Module Content: Independent Research on a topic agreed with the Department in the area of early Irish Christianity.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· deal knowledgeably with the primary sources to develop a suitable research topic in consultation with Departmental staff;
· build upon research skills developed in other modules of the MA programme and utilise these skills to undertake supervised independent research;
· write about a specific field of study in a coherent and well-structured way, utilising advanced critical, theoretical and methodological concepts in the presentation of their research;
· demonstrate appropriate writing skills to complete and submit a dissertation of 10,000 - 15,000 words.

Assessment: Total Marks 600: Continuous Assessment 600 marks (Dissertation of 15,000 words). Students will be assessed on the basis of their ability to conduct independent research (with appropriate consultation with a supervisor); to identify the primary and secondary sources relevant to their topic, and to interrogate the primary sources in particular in line with current standards in the discipline; and to present the results of their work in a lucid and fully referenced dissertation.

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment. Dissertation.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Work which is submitted late shall be assigned a mark of zero (or a Fail Judgement in the case of Pass/Fail modules).

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: No Supplemental Examination.

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CC6017 Early Irish Text: Language and Literature 1

Credit Weighting: 10

Semester(s): Semesters 1 and 2.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 20.

Pre-requisite(s): CC6003 or equivalent

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 24 x 1hr(s) Lectures; Other (16 hrs Project Work).

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Caitríona Ó Dochartaigh, Department of Early and Medieval Irish.

Lecturer(s): Dr Caitríona Ó Dochartaigh, Department of Early and Medieval Irish.

Module Objective: To read, analyse and discuss a selected Early Irish text

Module Content: Study of linguistic and literary features of a set Early Irish text

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Read an unedited Old or Middle Irish text in the original manuscript, without the assistance of glossary and notes;
· Analyse the grammar and syntax of the material studied;
· Discuss linguistic features which illustrate the transition from Old to Middle Irish, and from Middle Irish to the Early Modern language;
· Understand the basic principles of textual criticism and the methodology of editing medieval texts;
· Apply these principles to the text in question.

Assessment: Total Marks 200: Formal Written Examination 100 marks (Formal Written Examination to be taken in Summer); Continuous Assessment 100 marks (In-class Tests/Project in Semester 1).

Compulsory Elements: Formal Written Examination; Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Work which is submitted late shall be assigned a mark of zero (or a Fail Judgement in the case of Pass/Fail modules).

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Summer 2015.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Autumn 2015. Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (alternative essay, prior to the Autumn Supplemental Exams).

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CC6018 Early Irish Text: Language and Literature 2

Credit Weighting: 10

Semester(s): Semesters 1 and 2.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 20.

Pre-requisite(s): CC6017 Early Irish Text: Language and Literature 1

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 24 x 1hr(s) Lectures; Other (16 hrs Project Work).

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Caitríona Ó Dochartaigh, Department of Early and Medieval Irish.

Lecturer(s): Staff, Department of Early and Medieval Irish.

Module Objective: To read, analyse and edit a selected Early Irish text

Module Content: Study of Early Irish linguistic and literary features of a set text, as well as the manuscript context

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Read an unedited Old or Middle Irish text in a number of original manuscripts, without the assistance of glossary and notes;
· Analyse the grammar and syntax of the material studied;
· Identify linguistic features in the text which illustrate the transition from Old to Middle Irish, and from Middle Irish to the Early Modern language;
· Understand the basic principles of textual criticism and the methodology of editing medieval texts;
· Apply these principles to the text in question in order to prepare a comprehensive critical edition.

Assessment: Total Marks 200: Formal Written Examination 100 marks (Formal Written Examination to be taken in Summer); Continuous Assessment 100 marks (In-class Tests/Project in Semester 1).

Compulsory Elements: Formal Written Examination; Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Work which is submitted late shall be assigned a mark of zero (or a Fail Judgement in the case of Pass/Fail modules).

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Summer 2015.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 1½ hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Autumn 2015. Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (alternative essay, prior to the Autumn Supplemental Exams).

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CC6019 Irish Pilgrimage and Development of the Western Church

Credit Weighting: 10

Semester(s): Semester 1.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 20.

Pre-requisite(s): none

Co-requisite(s): none

Teaching Method(s): 24 x 1hr(s) Lectures; Directed Study (Consultation hours in preparation of project).

Module Co-ordinator: Dr John Carey, Department of Early and Medieval Irish.

Lecturer(s): Staff, Department of Early and Medieval Irish.

Module Objective: To gain a knowledge of the Irish input to western Christendom between the sixth and the twelfth centuries

Module Content: Historical and literary evidence for the ecclesiastical Irish presence in Britain and on the Continent in the early Middle Ages

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Analyse the significance and background of the Irish phenomenon of peregrinatio;
· Identify key respects in which Continental culture drew upon Irish sources;
· Explicate the relationship between Latin and vernacular learning in the early Irish church;
· Trace changes in the motivations and identities of Irish clerics and scholars abroad;
· Correlate the Irish presence abroad with political and cultural developments in Britain and on the Continent.

Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (Project of 3,000-5,000 words). The written work will assess students' ability to draw upon and to apply knowledge gained through lectures and directed reading/study in a correctly formatted and referenced research paper.

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Work which is submitted late shall be assigned a mark of zero (or a Fail Judgement in the case of Pass/Fail modules).

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated.

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CC6020 Otherworlds and Afterworlds in the Medieval Irish Imagination

Credit Weighting: 10

Semester(s): Semester 1.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 20.

Pre-requisite(s): none

Co-requisite(s): none

Teaching Method(s): 24 x 1hr(s) Lectures; Directed Study (Consultation hours in preparation of project).

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Caitríona Ó Dochartaigh, Department of Early and Medieval Irish.

Lecturer(s): Dr Caitríona Ó Dochartaigh, Department of Early and Medieval Irish.

Module Objective: To survey Irish eschatological literature, and its links with Latin and vernacular voyage narratives.

Module Content: Close reading, analysis and comparison of relevant texts, such as vision tales, voyage tales and saints' lives.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Situate Irish ideas concerning the afterlife within a broader Judaeo-Christian context;
· Identify respects in which native voyage tales drew upon, and contributed to, eschatological thinking;
· Associate apocalyptic thinking in medieval Ireland with contemporary social developments;
· Evaluate the evidence for an indigenous component to Irish literary depictions of the Otherworld;
· Outline the development of Irish vision tales from early Christian sources;
· Trace the developments in Irish concepts of the afterlife from the early medieval to the early Modern periods.

Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (Project of 3,000-5,000 words). The written work will assess students' ability to draw upon and to apply knowledge gained through lectures and directed reading/study in a correctly formatted and referenced research paper.

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Work which is submitted late shall be assigned a mark of zero (or a Fail Judgement in the case of Pass/Fail modules).

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated.

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CC6021 Devotion and Belief in Pre-Norman Ireland

Credit Weighting: 10

Semester(s): Semesters 1 and 2.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 20.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 48 x 1hr(s) Lectures.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr John Carey, Department of Early and Medieval Irish.

Lecturer(s): Staff, Department of Early and Medieval Irish.

Module Objective: To examine key aspects of the religious experience of the Irish in the early Middle Ages.

Module Content: This module surveys the spiritual universe of the early Irish, with special emphasis on such areas as the integration of native tradition with ecclesiastical learning, the framing of a distinctively Irish cosmology and eschatology, and the ideals of holiness reflected in the Lives of the saints.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Assess the continuing importance of indigenous tradition in Irish religious culture;
· Analyse the background and theological significance of Irish cosmological ideas;
· Discuss the evolving understanding of the conversion throughout the medieval period;
· Evaluate saints' Lives as historical and as religious documents;
· Interpret individual saints' Lives within their broader context;
· Explicate the place of devotion to the saints within early Irish society.

Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks. (Two projects of 2,000-2,500 words each; one to be submitted at the end of semester 1, the other at the end of semester 2). The written work will assess students' ability to draw upon and to apply knowledge gained through lectures and directed reading/study in a correctly formatted and referenced research paper.

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Work which is submitted late shall be assigned a mark of zero (or a Fail Judgement in the case of Pass/Fail modules).

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated.

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