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Module Code & Name ECTs credits Duration and semester Prerequisite Subjects Assessment Contact Hours Contact Details

(IRU11141 Irish Language and Literature I)

(10 ECTS credits) 2 hours per week, Michaelmas Term (11 weeks) NA Examined by essay Continuous assessment (essay): Two short essays (2,500 words) or one long essay (4-5,000 words Caoimhe ni Bhraonain nibhraoc@tcd.ie

Description

Early Irish saga segment ECTS Value: 10 ECTS for the semester-long module. This segment = 1/3rd

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:

  • Recognise and describe the main cycles into which Early Irish literature is divided for purposes of analysis
  • Understand and articulate the varying views of modern scholarship regarding the nature and function of early Irish saga
  • Analyse the main features of heroic biography and apply the template to the sagas read
  • Identify the underlying moral or message of the sagas studied
  • Articulate the relevance of Early Irish saga for the modern reader
  • Write a fully referenced essay drawing on the detailed bibliography provided for each saga
  • Oral literature segment ECTS Value: 10 ECTS for the semester-long module. This segment = 1/3rd

    On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:

    • Have a broad view of the many facets of Irish oral literature Have an understanding of the folktale in general and of aspects of its transmission
    • Be able to define the different genres of story found in oral literature
    • Be able to speak with authority about rituals and festivities of the calendar year in Ireland

    Modern Irish language and literature segment (A) ECTS Value:

    10 ECTS for each semester-long module. This segment = 1/3rd

    On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:

    • Be conversant with the life, and work (in English translation) of a range of key 20th and 21st Irish language writers
    • Be familiar with the history of Irish literature and language revival from the late 19th century up to today
    • Be able to discuss how social, cultural and linguistic change during the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries have had an impact on literature and critical thought in Irish.
    Module Code & Name ECTs credits Duration and semester Prerequisite Subjects Assessment Contact Hours Contact Details

    (IRU11152 Irish Language and Literature II)

    (10 ECTS credits) 2 hours per week, Hilary Term NA Examined by essay Continuous assessment (essay): Two short essays (2,500 words) or one long essay (4-5,000 words) Caoimhe ni Bhraonain nibhraoc@tcd.ie

    Description

    On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:

    • Read and describe a basic type of the Irish alphabet cló Gaelach
    • Identify different types of dating criteria and apply them to dating a given manuscript (Irish or otherwise)
    • Place Old Irish accurately in a wider continuum of development and transmission of the Irish language
    • Provide an elementary assessment of the position of Irish within the wider linguistic family of Celtic
    • Read and describe the Ogam alphabet
    • Recognise and describe the basic features of Old Irish syllabic metrics
    Module Code & Name ECTs credits Duration and semester Prerequisite Subjects Assessment Contact Hours Contact Details

    IRU11181 Irish Language and Literature I

    (5 ECTS credits) 3 hours per week, Michaelmas Term (11 weeks) NA One essay (c.2,500 words) 3 hours p.w. Caoimhe ni Bhraonain nibhraoc@tcd.ie

    Description

    See IRU10141. Students attend one hour per week and cover half the course.

    Module Code & Name ECTs credits Duration and semester Prerequisite Subjects Assessment Contact Hours Contact Details

    IRU11192 Irish Language and Literature II

    (5 ECTS credits) HT (1 hours per week) NA One essay (c.2,500 words) 1 hour p.w. Caoimhe ni Bhraonain nibhraoc@tcd.ie

    Description

    See IRU10152. Students attend one hour per week and cover half the course (one topic completely, and half another

    Module Code & Name ECTs credits Duration and semester Prerequisite Subjects Assessment Contact Hours Contact Details

    IRU11181 Irish Language and Literature I

    (5 ECTS credits) 3 hours per week, Michaelmas Term (11 weeks) NA One essay (c.2,500 words) 3 hours p.w. Caoimhe ni Bhraonain nibhraoc@tcd.ie

    Description

    See IRU10141. Students attend one hour per week and cover half the course.

    Module Code & Name ECTs credits Duration and semester Prerequisite Subjects Assessment Contact Hours Contact Details

    IRU11011 (Old Irish Grammar)

    (5 ECTS credits) MT (3 hours per week) NA 66% exam, 34% homework exercises 3 hour p.w. Caoimhe ni Bhraonain nibhraoc@tcd.ie

    Description

    On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

    • read and translate basic classical Old Irish
    • describe the orthography of Old Irish and how it differs from its modern counterpart
    • analyse the grammatical structure of basic Old Irish sentences with the appropriate terminology
    • describe the concept of the ‘paradigm’ and apply it to the grammatical analysis
    • recognise and explain the main differences between Old and Modern Irish
    • apply the skills of grammatical analysis acquired in the study of Old Irish to any other language use textual glossaries competently
    • .