Celtic Studies MA

An Leabhar gàidhlig 1567-1914 GAELIC4033

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1 (Alternate Years)
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This course will examine the history of the printed Gaelic book, considering landmark religious and secular publications in their social, literary and cultural contexts and the influences which shaped developments in Gaelic publishing. Particular attention will be given to the effect on Gaelic print culture of Gaelic's place in Highland education and of changing demographics as well as to the profile of the emerging Gaelic readership.



Excluded Courses





■ Presentation related to a publication of students' own choice focusing on text and context (oral presentation 5%; handout or Powerpoint to accompany presentation 15%)

■ Essay of 1500-2000 words (25%)

■ Participation in classes (5%)

■ End of course examination (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

■ To provide an overview of the development of Gaelic publishing over the centuries and the main factors influencing the direction which this took

■ To examine a range of key publications, religious and secular, and their historical, social, literary and cultural contexts.

■ To introduce students to key publishers and writers and their contribution to Gaelic publishing

■ To study the development of the Gaelic periodical press.

■ To consider emerging Gaelic readerships and their engagement with the printed word.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ To explain the main developments in Gaelic publishing over the centuries, focusing on key periods, and assess the factors influencing these developments

■ To assess the significance of individual texts in their historical, social, literary and cultural contexts

■ To explain the literary, linguistic and cultural importance of the Gaelic periodical press

■ To outline some of the ways in which Gaelic readerships engaged with texts at various points within the period being studied

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.