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EN3113 Older Scots Literature to 1560

SCOTCAT credits:30
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 9
Planned timetable:10.00 am Tue and 11.00 am Thu

This module introduces students to the late-mediaeval literature of pre-Reformation Scotland. A representative selection of Older Scots works from the fifteenth and earlier sixteenth centuries will be studied in the context of development in the language, literary culture and political climate of the period before the cultural watershed of the Reformation. Writers studied will include Henryson, Dunbar, Douglas and Lyndsay as well as some of their anonymous contemporaries. (Group A)

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Group A Optional for English

UG Pre-requisite(s):EN2003, EN2004

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:1 lecture, 1 seminar and 2 optional consultative hours.
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 20
  • Guided independent study: 280

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 30%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 70%
UG As used by St Andrews:2-hour Written Examination = 30%, Coursework = 70%
UG Re-assessment:3-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator:Dr M R Purdie
Module teaching staff:Dr M R Purdie