Celtic Studies MA

Eadar Croit is Kiosk: Bàrdachd an fhicheadamh linn GAELIC4018

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

Coimheadar sa chùrsa seo air obair nam bàrd Gàidhlig bhon a' Chiad Chogadh chun an latha an-diugh, an dà chuid na h-òrain bheul-aithriseach agus a' bhàrdachd sgrìobhte. Sgrùdar  freumhan is dreuchdan na bàrdachd dualchasaich, agus amasan na nua-bhàrdachd, agus beachdaichear air diofaran is coltasan a thaobh stoighle, structar, meadrachd agus cuspair.

This course examines the poetry produced by Gaelic poets from the First World War to the present century, and includes both traditional, oral songs and written verse. The origins and functions of traditional verse will be examined as will the aims of modern verse. Students will consider the similarities and differences between the two types of verse in terms of style, structure, metre and subject-matter.


2x1hr lectures per week over 10 weeks as scheduled in MyCampus. This is one of the Honours options in Gaelic and Celtic Studies and may now run every year. The options that are running this session are available on MyCampus.

Excluded Courses





■ Report (1,250 words) - 10%

■ Oral Assessment & Presentation (15 minutes) - 15%

■ Essay (2,250 words) - 25%

■ Exam (2 hour duration) - 50%

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:


■ Evaluate a range of bardachd baile from the twentieth century and explore its historical roots and its development.

■ Evaluate a range of modern poetry from the twentieth century and study in particular the development of free verse.

■ Identify links and contrasts between the nature and function of oral-traditional song-poetry and of written modern poetry.

■ Evaluate the poets themselves and their own views on their poetic practice.

■ Identify the links between the literature and the community in which, or for which, it was composed.

■ Identify the issues preoccupying bilingual poets composing or writing in a minority language.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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


■ Identify and discuss the main developments in Gaelic poetry, both traditional and modern, in the course of the twentieth century, including the development of free verse.

■ Discuss and analyse in some detail the works of the major Gaelic poets, traditional and modern, active in the twentieth century.

■ Outline the origins of twentieth-century traditional Gaelic verse.

■ Outline key aspects of the relationship between Gaelic verse and the community in which, or for which, it was composed.

■ Compare and contrast the nature and function of oral-traditional song-poetry and of written modern poetry.

■ Evaluate a familiarity with the poets' own views on their poetic practice.

■ Express an informed opinion on the predicament of the bilingual poet writing in a minority language with specific reference to the poets studied.

■ Reflect on the development of the transferable skills (organisational, analytical and presentational) deployed in the successful completion of the course

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.