• Academic Session: 2015-16
  • 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

Course Aims

The aims common to all the Department's Honours modules are as follows:

1. the development of the intellectual interests and analytical skills acquired by students during their first two years.

2. awareness of previously unfamiliar methodological approaches, chronological periods and geographical areas by offering a wide and flexible choice of options.

3. to offer the opportunity to develop skills in historical computing, as well as basic IT awareness.

4. familiarity with complex historical debates and interpretations, skill in interpreting primary sources where appropriate, and to inform these discussions with new ideas derived from lecturers' current research.

5. the development of transferable skills by fostering individual initiative, personal choice, group discussion and, where appropriate, problem-solving team work.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ discuss and analyse the sources available for medieval Ireland in the period 800-1100

■ outline the historical, political and social development of medieval Ireland, and comment on

     important developments of the period 800-1100

■ demonstrate awareness of current scholarly debates and formulate and express opinions

   concerning them

■ demonstrate how the variety of resources can be integrated into historical and social enquiry