Celtic Studies Courses

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Courses

100 Courses

101 Gaelic Language & Culture I

This course is an introduction to the Gaelic language and culture of Scotland and Nova Scotia for students with no prior knowledge of the language. Students will learn the basics of spoken and written Gaelic as well as aspects of Gaelic culture rooted in the language. Credit will be granted for only one of CELT 101 and CELT 100. Three credits. Offered Fall Term 2021-22.

102 Gaelic Language & Culture II

Through a variety of written, oral, and audio-visual activities, students will build on their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills from the first semester. Students will also acquire a more advanced foundation in Gaelic grammar. Discussion of select Gaelic customs, practices, and traditions from Nova Scotia and Scotland will also form part of this course as they arise in the process of learning the language. Credit will be granted for only one of CELT 102 and CELT 100. Prerequisite: CELT 101 or permission of instructor. Three credits. Offered Winter Term 2021-22.

131 Celtic Civilizations I

This course will provide an introduction to the Celtic peoples from the earliest times to the Middle Ages. Topics will include history, language, art, literature, mythology, and early Celtic Christianity. Acceptable as a course in the Dept of History. Three credits. Offered Fall Term 2021-22. 

132 Celtic Civilizations II

This course covers the Celtic cultures of Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Brittany, Isle of Man, and Cornwall from the medieval to modern period. Topics will include history, language, music, folklore, and literature. Acceptable as a course in the Dept of History. Three credits. Offered Winter Term 2021-22.

200 Courses

201 Gaelic Language & Culture III

Building on the communication skills and grammatical concepts learned at the 100 level, students will work on acquiring greater comfort and fluency in the language in the context of Gaelic culture in Nova Scotia and Scotland. Resources from the song and storytelling tradition will be used. Credit will be granted for only one of CELT 201 and CELT 200. Prerequisite: CELT 102 or permission of instructor. Three credits. Offered Fall Term 2021-22.

202 Gaelic Language & Culture IV

Through a variety of written, oral, and audio-visual activities from Gaelic Nova Scotia and Scotland, students will build on their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills acquired in CELT 101, 102, and 201. Students will also acquire a more advanced foundation in Gaelic grammar. Credit will be granted for only one of CELT 202 and CELT 200. Prerequisite: CELT 201 or permission of instructor. Three credits. Offered Winter Term 2021-22.

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-paganism today. Cross-listed as RELS 219. Three credits. Offered Fall Term 2021-22.

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, the peregrini, the Hiberno-Scottish mission to the continent, conflict with Roman Catholicism, material culture, and the modern use of the term “Celtic Christianity”. Cross-listed as RELS 229. Three credits. Not offered 2021-22.

297 Selected Topics: Oral History

The topic for 2021-22 is the Practice of Oral History. This course explores how recorded interviews can enrich our understanding of the past. In addition to studying the academic development of oral history, students will develop practical skills related to project planning, interviewing, and preserving oral history interviews; practical skills for those interested in working in museums, archives, or the cultural resources sector. Cross-listed as HIST 298. Three credits. Offered Winter Term 2021-22.

300 Courses

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. Six credits. Not offered 2021-22.

319 Celtic Music

This course is an examination of traditional music from the six Celtic countries with emphasis on Scotland, Ireland, and Cape Breton, including Gaelic song, bagpipe, fiddle, and harp music. We will also explore the development of the “Celtic Music” genre in North America. Credit will be granted for only one of CELT 319, CELT 219 or CELT 253. Cross-listed as MUSI 319. Three credits. Offered Fall Term 2021-22.

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 the extraordinary legacy of weaponry, jeweller, illuminated manuscripts, Celtic crosses, and Sheela-na-Gigs to arrive at a deeper understanding of the people who made them. Acceptable as a course in the Dept of History. Cross-listed as ANTH 321 and ART 321. Three credits. Not offered 2021-22.

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. Credit will be granted for only one of CELT 325. Three credits. Not offered 2021-22.

327 Celtic Kings, Heroes and Monsters- Medieval Ireland

From hot-headed heroes to terrifying monsters and death-tales, this course will examine topics and texts from medieval Irish literary tradition in detail. Credit will be granted for only one of CELT 327 and CELT 221. Cross-listed as ENGL 327. Three credits. Not offered 2021-22.

328 Celtic Kings, Heroes and 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. Credit will be granted for only one of CELT 328 and CELT 222. Cross-listed as ENGL 328. Three credits. Offered Winter Term 2021-22.

331 Scottish History

This course is a survey of the history of Scotland from the earliest times to the present with special emphasis on the role of the Gael. Topics that will be covered include the Dalriadic Scots and the consolidation of the kingdom of Alba, the early Gaelic church, the Kingdom and Lordship of the Isles, the rise of the clans, the decline of Gaelic, the Scottish Wars of Independence, the Reformation and union with England. Acceptable as a credit in history. Credit will be granted for only one of CELT 331 or CELT 333. Three credits. Not offered 2021-22.

332 The Scots in North America

This course will follow the fortunes of the Gaels of the Highland diaspora. Emphasis will be placed on studying the Highland settlements of North America with an in- depth look at the history of the Gaels in the Maritime Provinces, particularly Nova Scotia, from the earliest settlements to more recent times. Acceptable as a credit in history. Credit will be granted for only one of CELT 332 or CELT 333. Prerequisite: CELT 331. Three credits. Not offered 2021-22.

341 Scottish Gaelic Poetry I

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 of vernacular Gaelic verse in Scotland. Three credits. Not offered 2021-22.

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. Credit will be granted for only one of CELT 349. May be acceptable for credit in the Dept of History (please double check with History Dept). Three credits. Not offered 2021-22.

351 Irish Folklore

Studies in the oral traditions of Gaelic Ireland including the folktale, the storyteller, folklore collectors, folksong tradition, fairies and calendar customs. Credit will be granted for only one of CELT 351 or CELT 350. Three credits. Offered Fall Term 2021-22.

352 Folklore of Scotland & 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. Credit will be granted for only one of CELT 352 or CELT 350. Three credits. Offered Winter Term 2021-22.

400 Courses

497 Selected Topics: Old Irish I

Old Irish is one of the earliest European vernaculars, and the Old Irish corpus comprises a large body of important medieval literature, ranging from saga texts to stories about saints, annals, legal, and genealogical material. The modern Gaelic languages, Irish, Manx, and Scottish Gaelic all evolved from Old Irish, sometimes referred to as Old Gaelic. In this course, students will learn Old Irish grammar, and they will translate some basic Old Irish texts. Three credits. Offered Fall Term 2021-22.

498 Selected Topics: Old Irish II

This course, which is a continuation of Old Irish I, focusses on acquiring further Old Irish grammar, and on translating basic Old Irish saga-texts and poetry. Three credits. Offered Winter Term 2021-22.

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. Contact chair of department.

499 Directed Study

A directed study course in advanced topics (such as Advanced Scottish Gaelic, Gaelic poetry, Old Irish, Middle Welsh, 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.

500 Courses

GRADUATE COURSES (MA program)

Please consult with dept chair or graduate studies coordinator for course availability

500 Advanced Scottish Gaelic - six credits

520 Gaelic Immigrant Literature - six credits

521 Old Irish I

This course focusses on acquiring Old Irish grammar for the purposes of translating early Irish texts and obtaining a foundation in the historical and linguistic basis of the modern Gaelic languages. Emphasis will be placed on discussing written exercises and/or translations of Old Irish texts, mastering grammatical concepts, as well as demonstrating an understanding of prepared readings on Old Irish grammar. Required for all MA students. Three credits.

522 Old Irish II

This course, which is a continuation of Old Irish I, focusses on acquiring further Old Irish grammar, and on translating basic Old Irish saga-texts and poetry. Required for all MA students. Three credits.

530 Irish Bardic Poetry - six credits

555 Scottish Traditional Culture - six credits

560 Writing Gaelic - six credits

570 Celtic Spirituality - six credits

599 Directed Study - six credits

561 Selected Topics I - three credits

562 Selected Topics II - three credits

590 Thesis - eighteen credits