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ME3313   Early Irish Society (c. 600 - 800)

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF level 9

Semester: 2

Planned timetable: See

This module will introduce students to the social and economic life of Ireland in the seventh and eighth centuries. The principle primary material used will be law codes dating from the decades around AD 700. Ireland in this period was an entirely rural society supporting neither towns nor a cash economy yet it has provided us with perhaps as much textual evidence related to social organisation as anywhere in Europe in this period. Students will be introduced to this material, supported by literary and archaeological evidence, and encouraged to engage with a barbarian society on its own terms rather than through the eyes of others.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass at least 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 per week and 1 further hour of essay feedback over the semester.

Scheduled learning hours: 22

Guided independent study hours: 278

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Coursework = 100%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 0%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 100%

Re-assessment: 4,000- to 5,000-word essay = 100%


Module teaching staff: Dr A Woolf