Since this blog is primarily about my experience at University, I figured it might be a good idea to let you all know what I am studying each year. I’m currently in my first year of University, so here are my classes for semester 1 and 2 for the year 2011/2012:


Semester 1


English Literature: Intro To Literary Study A

The aims of the course are to:  (1) introduce students to a range of texts of different genres and historical periods from the Renaissance to the present day;  (2) develop the capacity for sensitive and detailed reading of texts, with awareness of their cultural, ideological and historical contexts;  (3) develop the capacity in writing, and in group discussion, for the critical analysis of texts and the constructing of viable arguments about texts and the issues which arise from them;  (4)  give students a sense of how literature has been evaluated in other historical periods and of how it has interacted with other arts.


Celtic Civilisation 1A

The aims of the course are to:  (1) to recognise the meanings of the terms Celt and Celtic  (2) to comment on the origins, distribution and movements of the Celtic peoples in the ancient world  (3) to describe the different sources available and comment on their usefulness and drawbacks (4) to describe the main features of Celtic society, as visible in these sources (5) to describe the main features of pagan Celtic religion  (6) to describe the main features of the art of the ancient Celtic world  (7) to comment on the effect of the Roman colonisation of Celtic regions on the continent and in Britain


Scot Lit 1A: Writing The Nation: Scott To Macdiarmid

This course introduces students to the canon of Scottish literature by exploring a range of texts from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Beginning with short stories and novels by canonical authors of Scottish literature – Walter Scott, James Hogg, Robert Louis Stevenson – the course moves on to major writers of the 1920s Modern Scottish Renaissance – Hugh MacDiarmid, Edwin Muir and Lewis Grassic Gibbon. Students are also introduced to the history and development of Scots as a language during this period


Semester 2

English Literature: Intro To Literary Study B

The aims of the course are: (1) to encourage close and attentive reading; (2) to develop literate writing skills; (3) to develop a capacity for informed and cogent argument; (4) to foster discussion and debate.


Celtic Civilisation 1B

This course aims to: (1) to describe the movements and developments in Britain and Ireland in the period after 400 AD which led to the establishment of the historical Celtic kingdoms (2) to describe the linguistic and cultural affinities of the Celtic peoples of Britain, Ireland and Brittany in the early middle ages (3) to discuss the impact of Anglo-Saxon and Scandinavian invasions on the Celtic peoples, and both violent and peaceful interaction among the medieval Celts.4) to discuss the spread of Christianity among the Celtic peoples and its role in society  5) to describe the forms, functions and variety of Celtic art, and Celtic literature in the early middle ages  6) to discuss the nature of the different sources for the study of these topics   7) to demonstrate the skills required to explicate these sources.


Scot Lit 1B:  Writing The Nation: Scot Lit Post 1945

This course explores Scottish writing since the Second World War. This course comprises many and varied voices and literary genres: from island writing by Iain Crichton Smith and George Mackay Brown, through the polemical theatre of Liz Lochhead to the lowland and urban fiction of Spark, Morgan, and Galloway.  The course includes lectures on contemporary Scots language and ends with a brief survey of brand new voices on the Scottish literary scene.

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