The ancient Celtic world (online) ADED12000E

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course introduces the world of ancient Celtic societies across Europe and Asia Minor from the Late Bronze Age (c. 1200 BCE) to the fifth century CE. Beginning with the archaeological evidence for early Celtic peoples, we will discuss the spread of Celtic cultures throughout Europe, examine socio-cultural aspects of ancient Celtic societies, and study the impact of their interactions with Classical civilisations. Key topics covered in this course include religion, warfare, sexuality, gender, and multi-culturalism in the ancient Celtic world.


Block 1, Weeks 1-10

2 hours per week for 10 weeks

Thursdays, 18.00-20.00

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





Primary source analysis worksheet 1: Celtic artefact or archaeological site, (150-200 words, 25%)

Primary source analysis worksheet 2: Classical written description of Celts, (150-200 words, 25%)

Essay (1200 words, 50%)

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Provide students with the opportunity to study ancient Celtic history and culture

■ Encourage careful reading of primary and secondary sources and visual analysis of objects and artefacts.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Recognise and explain the major types of evidence pointing to the expansion of ancient Celtic culture

■ Discuss the impact of cultural interactions between the Celtic and Classical worlds

■ Critically evaluate archaeological evidence and primary written sources.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.