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ME3308 Adomnan and his World: Scotland and Ireland in the Dark Ages

SCOTCAT credits:30
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 9
Planned timetable:See

Adomnan mac Ronain was born in Donegal, in the north of Ireland, in 624 and went on to become the ninth abbot of Iona, in western Scotland, in 679; a post he held until his death in 704. As both author and subject of hagiography, promulgator of human rights legislation, international ambassador and agent of church reform he is rightly viewed as one of the leading figures of his generation. An examination of his career provides an ideal vehicle for examining the political, social and religious development of Ireland and northern Britain in the seventh century.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Optional for History, Mediaeval History, Mediaeval History & Archaeology, Mediaeval Studies, Scottish History and BA (Intl Hons) History.

UG Pre-requisite(s):60 credits from ME1003, ME1006, ME2003, HI2001, MH2002

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:1 x 2-hour seminar, plus 1 office hour.
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 22
  • Guided independent study: 278

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 60%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 40%
UG As used by St Andrews:3-hour Written Examination = 60%, Coursework = 40%
UG Re-assessment:4,000- to 5,000-word essay = 100%


Module coordinator:Dr A Woolf
Module teaching staff: