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Fein-Eachdraidh Ann An Gaidhlig GAELIC4003

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

Students study autobiographies from Ireland and Scotland (at least one from Ireland and two from Scotland) and consider the extent to which they should be read as a genre which is more than the life-story of one individual, i.e. as social or community history, and the role which these books have played in these two cultures. Students will have the opportunity to reflect upon, and discuss, a range of subjects which emerge from these books and to compare the genre in the two countries. They will be exposed to a number of Scottish Gaelic dialects which will deepen their understanding of the language.


Two one-hour classes each week, over ten weeks as scheduled on MyCampus. This is one of the Honours options in Gaelic and may not run every year. Options running this year are available on MyCampus

Requirements of Entry

Available to all students fulfilling requirements for Honours entry into Gaelic, and by arrangement to visiting students or students of other Honours programmes who qualify under the University 's 25% regulation.


Examination (120 minutes duration)-50%

Essay (2000 words)-25%

Seminar presentation of 10 minutes accompanied by 800 word paper or powerpoint slides-20%

Preparation for and participation in classes-5%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course will provide the opportunity to:

■ study Gaelic autobiography as a depiction of the community as well as of the individual;

■ consider the purpose which Gaelic autobiography serves for its readers;

■ discuss various aspects of life in the Highlands as they occur in the texts e.g. popular beliefs and customs;

■ build upon comprehension skills and expose students to different dialects.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ discuss the main characteristics of Gaelic autobiographical writing;

■ outline the function of autobiography for its Gaelic readership;

■ discuss some of the customs, popular beliefs and events which arise in the course of texts;

■ translate excerpts from writings in a range of dialects.

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.