Celtic Studies Courses

"'Se cleachdadh a nì teòmachd"

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100 Scottish Gaelic Language & Culture

An introduction to the Gaelic language and culture of Scotland and Nova Scotia. Students will learn the basics of spoken and written Gaelic as well as aspects of Gaelic culture rooted in the language.

May not be taken concurrently with CELT 110 (or CELT 161 in 2017-18). Six credits. Offered 2017-18.

110 Irish Gaelic 

An introduction to the Irish language as it is spoken in the Gaeltacht or Irish-speaking districts. Students will be introduced to the basics of spoken and written Irish.

May not be taken concurrently with CELT 100. Six credits. Not available 2017-18.

115 Modern Welsh

This course will provide an introduction to modern Welsh language and culture. Students will learn to read, write, and speak elementary Welsh. The class will also learn a number of Welsh folksongs and proverbs.

Six credits. Not available 2017-18.

131 Celtic Civilizations I

This course provides an introduction to the Celtic peoples from the Bronze Age to interactions with the Greeks and Romans. It discusses the types of evidence available for the understanding of Celtic cultures relating to archaeology (including art and architecture, numismatics (coins), weaponry, trade, votive offerings), history (Greek and Roman sources, geography), linguistics (inscriptions, place-names, Celtic language family-tree), and customs (burial, dining, drinking, dress, warfare, religion). 

Three credits. Offered fall term 2017-18. (This course is also acceptable for credit in the History Department.)

132 Celtic Civilizations II

This course will provide an overview of the Celtic peoples from the early historic period to early modern period and the main features of Celtic art, society, language, and literature.

Three credits. Offered winter term 2017-18. (This course is also acceptable for credit in the History Department.)

161 Selected Topics: Modern Irish Language & Culture

An introduction to the study of the language and culture of the Gaeltacht, or Irish-speaking parts of Ireland. Students will learn the basics of spoken and written Irish as well as aspects of Irish culture rooted in the language.

This course may not be taken concurrently with CELT 100.Three credits. Offered fall term 2017-18. (Not open to students who have previously taken CELT 110)

200 Second-Year Scottish Gaelic

Selected readings, riddles, proverbs, poetry, and folktales; conversation and composition.

Six credits. Offered 2017-18.

220 Celtic Paganism

This course examines the religious practices and beliefs of the ancient Celtic peoples that we can glean from archaeology, reports of Greek and Roman commentators, place-name evidence, and the mythology in medieval Irish and Welsh narrative tradition. Other topics include syncretism, the adaptation of pagan festivals into Christian holidays, the persistence of elements of paganism into the Christian era, witchcraft in Scotland and Ireland in the context of the European phenomenon and neo-Celtic paganism today.

Three credits. Offered fall term 2017-18. (This course is also acceptable for credit as Religious Studies 219.)

230 Celtic Christianity

This course is an exploration of the development of Christianity amongst the Celtic peoples. A major facet will be the medieval hagiographic tradition and saints' cults from the fourth to the twelfth centuries. Other topics include monasticism, peregrini, the Hiberno-Scottish mission to the continent, conflict with Roman Catholicism, material culture, the modern use of the term "Celtic Christianity," and the various types of Christianity in the Celtic countries.

Three credits. Offered winter term 2017-18. (This course is also acceptable for credit in the Catholic Studies Program and as Religious Studies 229.)

300 Third-Year Scottish Gaelic

Advanced level Gaelic. Emphasis will be on attaining fluency. The course will concentrate on the Gaelic of Nova Scotia with readings from local publications. The class will also work on transcribing recordings of local speakers.

Prerequisites: CELT 200. Six credits. Not available 2017-18. May be available as a Directed Study; inquire with Chair of Dept.

321 Celtic Art

Weave your way through Celtic knots and horror vacui 'fear of empty space,' and discover the art of the Celts. From the Battersea Shield to the Book of Kells, we will trace our way through an extraordinary legacy of weaponry, jewellery, illuminated manuscripts, Celtic crosses, and Sheela-na-gigs to arrive at a deeper understanding of the people who made them.

Three credits. Not available 2017-18. This course is cross-listed in the departments of Anthropology and Art, and is acceptable as credit in the Department of History.

325 The Celts in Pop Culture

Shamrocks, banshees, leprechauns, fairies, magic, and white-robed druids cutting mistletoe by moonlight. These are only some of the popular images associated with the Celtic peoples. Through a selection of media (including film, television and novels) this course will explore the complexities of identity and the popular perception of Celtic culture, broadly defined. Among other topics, students will examine the pervasive association between Celtic culture and the supernatural. 

Three credits. Not available 2017-18.

327 Celtic Kings, Heroes & Monsters: Medieval Ireland

From hotheaded heroes to terrifying monsters and death-tales, this course will examine topics and texts from medieval Irish tradition.

Three credits. Not available 2017-18. This course is cross-listed in the Department of English.

328 Celtic Kings, Heroes & Monsters: Medieval Wales

From King Arthur to Culhwch and from dragons to giants, this course will examine topics and texts from medieval Welsh tradition in detail.

Three credits. Not available 2017-18. This course is cross-listed in the Department of English. 

331 Scottish History

A survey of the history of Gaelic Scotland from earliest times to 1800, including the main social, religious, and intellectual institutions of Gaelic Scotland and some of the achievements of Scottish Gaels.

Three credits. Not available 2017-18. (This course is also acceptable for credit in the History Department.)

332 The Scots in North America

A survey of the history of the Scottish Gaels in North America, including factors for emigration, settlement patterns, the struggle for Gaelic language and culture in immigrant communities, and modern identity politics.

Three credits. Not available 2017-18. (This course is also acceptable for credit in the History Department and the Canadian Studies Program.)

341 Scottish Gaelic Poetry

This course familiarizes students with some of the masterpieces of Gaelic literature from medieval to early modern times and provides a grounding in the historical and cultural aspects of literary production in the Scottish Gaelic world. Topics to be considered include the uses of poetry, the role of the poet in medieval Gaelic society, and the origins and flowering and vernacular Gaelic verse in Scotland.

Three credits. Offered winter term 2017-18.

349 Medieval Medicine

This course examines the history of medicine in Western society, with particular emphasis on medieval Ireland, Wales and Scotland. During the course, we will look at specific diseases, including leprosy, the plague and dancing mania; and at specific cures, including diet, charms and surgery. This course is of particular interest for students in Celtic Studies, history, and those interested in the history of medicine. 

Three credits. Offered fall term 2017-18. (Not open to students who previously took CELT 361: Selected Topics: Medieval Medicine in 2015-16.) May be acceptable for credit in the Dept of History (please double check with History Dept).

351 Irish Folklore

Studies in the oral traditions of Gaelic Ireland including the folktale, the storyteller, folklore collectors, folksong tradition, fairies and calendar customs.

Three credits. Not available 2017-18.

352 Folklore of Scotland and Nova Scotia

An introduction to the Gaelic folklore of Scotland and Nova Scotia, with an emphasis on wonder tales, clan sagas, Fenian tales, calendar customs, rites of passage, the supernatural and the history of folkloristics.

Three credits. Offered fall term 2017-18.

361: Selected Topics: Medieval Welsh

Students will be introduced to the grammar and vocabulary of Middle Welsh, the language spoken and written in medieval Wales from about the 12th to the 14th century. It is the language of the famous Mabinogion, a compilation of mythical and legendary material, and is the forerunner of modern Welsh. This course may be of particular interest to students interested in folklore, mythology, history, languages, and Arthurian Studies. Prior knowldege of Welsh is not necessary.

Three credits. Offered winter term 2017-18.

490 Honours Thesis

Each student works under the supervision of a chosen professor who guides the selection of a thesis topic, use of resources, methodological component, quality of analysis and execution, and literary calibre of the final version. Required for all honours students.

Three credits.

499 Directed Study

A directed study course in advanced topics (such as Old Gaelic, Middle Welsh, Advanced Scottish Gaelic, Gaelic poetry, etc). Please consult the chair of department at least one month in advance of the term in which you wish to do a directed study.

Available for three or six credits.