• Academic Session: 2014-15
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course looks at the development of society, church and state in Ireland in the wake of the Viking raids and settlements. This period, although often neglected by general histories, sees the evolution of strong dynastic kingships, and the rise of competition for dominance of the whole islands, as well as the creation of some early medieval Ireland's most important literary texts and artistic monuments. The course tries to set these developments in an historical and archaeological context, by concentrating on sources and examining different ways of interpreting them and bringing together disparate materials. Current debates are emphasised, and students are encouraged to form views concerning these. A key element in the course is its interdisciplinary approach, encompassing the disciplines of history, archaeology, literature, religion and art history.


The course is taught twice weekly

Requirements of Entry

Admission to honours in History.

Excluded Courses





Coursework - class essay (2000 words approximately)

Examination duration - 120mins

Coursework - seminar presentation

Main Assessment In: April/May