Celtic Studies

Celtic Studies

Minor

A minor in Celtic Studies requires 36 credit points from this table including:
(i) 6 credit points of 1000-level core units
(ii) 6 credit points of 1000-level selective units
(iii) 6 credit points of 2000-level language units
(iv) 6 credit points of 2000-level language or culture units
(v) 6 credit points of 3000-level language units
(vi) 6 credit points of 3000-level language or culture units

1000 level units of study

Core
CLST1000 Defining the Celts

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prohibitions: CLST2601 Assessment: 1x 2000wd Essay (40%), 1x 500wd Book Review (10%), 1x 2hrs Exam (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The 'Celts' are those peoples of Europe who speak or spoke a Celtic language. By the Iron Age the Celtic peoples were spread across Europe and across the course of millennia have given rise to a number of European nations and cultures, including the Irish, the Welsh and the Bretons. This unit explores definitions of the Celts, examining their history and development, and provides an overview of their languages.
Selective
ENGL1002 Narratives of Romance and Adventure

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2x1hr lectures/week and 1x1hr tutorial/week Assessment: 1x1000wd Assignment (20%), 1x2000wd Essay (45%), 1x1.5hr Exam (35%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit explores the art of narrative from Greek and Roman antiquity to the present. What makes Homer's Odyssey and Ovid's Metamorphoses defining texts for the history of narrative? Why are the early masters of English narrative so compelling? How does a film like O Brother, Where Art Thou? fit in? Issues of particular relevance include: genre, epic and myth; the unfolding of adventure and gender relations; intertextuality and the nature of humankind.
ENGL1007 Language, Texts and Time

This unit of study is not available in 2019

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Assessment: 2x500wd assignments (30%), 1x2000wd Essay (30%), 1x1.5-hr exam (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study equips students with some general tools for the close analysis of literary language. Grammatical concepts will be introduced and applied to the description of prose, poetry and drama, and students will explore the changing relations between form and meaning in English from the earliest times up to the present. A number of key strands in contemporary language study will also be presented, including semiotic theory, rhetoric and discourse studies and theorizations of the relationship between texts and subjectivity.
ENGL1013 Global Literatures in English

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial /week Assessment: 1x1000wd close reading (20%), 1x1500wd essay (35%), 1x2000wd take-home exercise (45%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Global Literatures in English is a transnational and cross-period unit that examines how literary and cultural works from different periods from across the world engage with world historical events and social political structures operating on a global scale, with a particular emphasis on the representation of Empire and its legacies.
ARCA1001 Ancient Civilisations

This unit of study is not available in 2019

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2,Summer Early Classes: 2x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Assessment: 1x2000wd Essay (40%), 2x 2000wds equivalent Class Test (50%), 5x 500wds equivalent Tutorial Exercises (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit is an introduction to the great civilisations of the old world in North Africa, Asia, and the Mediterranean from ca. 3000 BC-AD 300. We will explore the major achievements and characteristics of these rich cultures, as well as the fascinating interplay between them. To understand ways in which archaeologists read the past, students will study and examine ancient material evidence from some of these civilisations.

2000 level units of study

Culture units
CLST2605 Celtic History and Culture

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x1hr lecture/week, 1x2hr seminar/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 1000 level in Celtic Studies or 12 credit points at 1000 level in Ancient History, Anthropology, Archaeology, Art History, English, French and Francophone Stuides, Ancient Greek, Germanic Studies, History, Italian Studies, Latin, Linguistics, Modern Greek Studies, Sanskrit, Spanish and Latin American Studies, or Studies in Religion Assessment: 1x2500wd seminar paper (50%), 1x2000wd reflective journal (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study will develop students' skills in investigating various kinds of evidence for Celtic groups in the historic period and how they can be used. They will also gain experience in expressing themselves orally and in writing about this material. The unit offers research experience in an exacting field where especial care has to be exercised not to tum conjectures into facts, and the intellectual challenge of studying a field which is the subject of basic controversy about cultural definition.
ENGL2657 Myths, Legends and Heroes

This unit of study is not available in 2019

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points in English or (6 Junior credit points in English and AMST1001) Assessment: 1x1000wd Essay (15%), 1x1500wd Essay (35%), 1x1.5hr exam (40%), Tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Students will study (in modern English translation) the literature of the peoples who lived in Britain in the Early Middle Ages -- Britons, Anglo-Saxons, Vikings and Normans. Lectures and tutorials will cover the literature, history, religion and language of these cultures, focusing on representations of the heroic ideal, as this is embodied in mythic, legendary and historical writing. Texts to be studied include Beowulf, The Wanderer, selections from the Edda, and early Arthurian material.
Language units
CLST2608 Modern Welsh Language and Culture 1

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 1000 level in Celtic Studies or 12 credit points at 1000 level in Ancient History, Anthropology, Archaeology, Art History, English, French and Francophone Stuides, Ancient Greek, Germanic Studies, History, Italian Studies, Latin, Linguistics, Modern Greek Studies, Sanskrit, Spanish and Latin American Studies, or Studies in Religion Assessment: 1x2000wd essay (45%), 1x500wd equiv oral exam (10%), 1x2hr written exam (45%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The Welsh language has one of the oldest literary traditions in Europe. This unit will introduce students to this culture by providing them with the basic structure and vocabulary of the language, with an emphasis on the acquisition of oral and written skills of communication through functionally oriented language activities. The language will be studied in the context of Welsh history, literature and society.
CLST2613 Scottish Gaelic Language and Culture 1

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 1000 level in Celtic Studies or 12 credit points at 1000 level in Ancient History, Anthropology, Archaeology, Art History, English, French and Francophone Stuides, Ancient Greek, Germanic Studies, History, Italian Studies, Latin, Linguistics, Modern Greek Studies, Sanskrit, Spanish and Latin American Studies, or Studies in Religion Assessment: 1x2000wd essay (45%), 1x500wd equiv oral exam (10%), 1x2hr written exam (45%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The Scottish Gaelic language has a very old literary tradition. This unit will introduce students to this culture by providing them with the basic structure and vocabulary of the language, with an emphasis on the acquisition of oral and written skills of communication through functionally oriented language activities. The language will be studied in the context of Scottish history, literature and society.

3000 level units of study

Culture units

CLST3616 The Celtic Otherworld

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr seminar/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 2000 level in Celtic Studies Assessment: 1x3000wd essay (50%), 1x1500wd literature survey (25%), 1x 1500wd take-home exercise (25%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit looks closely at one of the most influential narrative types in medieval Celtic literature. We will examine a series of texts (in translation) and place them in the context of early Irish and Welsh conceptions of cosmology, landscape and pilgrimage: including stories of the voyage tales or Bran, Brendan and Meldan, the vision of St Fursey, and the otherworld episodes in the Welsh Mabinogi.
ENGL3633 Introduction to Old English

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x1hr lecture/week, 2x1hr tutorials/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 2000 level in English or 12 credit points at 2000 level in Australian Literature or 12 credit points at 2000 level in Celtic Studies Prohibitions: ENGL3621 or ENGL3622 or ENGL3631 or ENGL3632 Assessment: 1x1000wd translation exercise (20%), 1x1500wd Essay (40%), 1x1.5hr exam (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Old English was the language of England from the fifth century until the twelfth. This earliest phase of the English literary tradition evolved against a background of cultural encounters: as the Anglo-Saxons encountered the culture of Rome, as they adopted and adapted the Christian religion, and as they reflected on their origins on the European continent. This unit introduces students to the language spoken and written by the Anglo-Saxons, and presents the opportunity to translate and read Old English texts.
ENGL3635 Old Norse

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 2000 level in English or 12 credit points at 2000 level in Australian Literature or 12 credit points at 2000 level in Linguistics or 12 credit points at 2000 level in Celtic Studies Prohibitions: ENGL3631 or ENGL3632 or ENGL3622 or ENGL3621 Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day

Language units

CLST3614 Middle Welsh

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 2000 level in Celtic Studies Prohibitions: CLST2604 Assessment: 1x2500wd Essay (50%), 1x2hr Exam (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Middle Welsh was the language spoken and written in Wales in the Middle Ages (from about the 12th to the 14th Century). The most famous text surviving in Middle Welsh is the Mabinogion, a compilation of mythical and legendary material often of much earlier date. In this unit students will develop a knowledge of Middle Welsh grammar and vocabulary and learn to read and interpret texts in Middle Welsh.
CLST3615 Old Irish

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 2000 level in Celtic Studies Prohibitions: CLST2606 Assessment: 1x2500wd Essay (50%), 1x2hr Exam (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Old Irish was the language spoken and written in Ireland in the early Middle Ages, and is preserved in a range of records, from Ogham stones to manuscripts. In this unit students will develop a knowledge of Old Irish grammar and vocabulary, and learn to read texts in Old Irish. It will also provide a basic introduction to the development of the Irish language in its early historic context, with reference to examples from inscriptions, manuscripts and the different genres of literature.