Celtic Studies

Celtic Studies

CLST2601 Defining the Celts

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 18 Junior credit points from any of Ancient History, Anthropology, Archaeology, Art History, English, French, Ancient Greek, German, Hebrew, History, Italian, Latin, Linguistics, Modern Greek, Sanskrit, Spanish, Studies in Religion or World Religions Assessment: 1x2500wd Essay (50%), 1x2hr exam (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The 'Celts' are any of 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.
CLST2605 Celts in History

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr seminar/week Prerequisites: 18 Junior credit points from any of Ancient History, Anthropology, Archaeology, Art History, English, French, Ancient Greek, German, Hebrew, History, Italian, Latin, Linguistics, Modern Greek, Sanskrit, Spanish, Studies in Religion or World Religions. Assessment: 1x3500wd seminar paper (70%), 1x2500wd weekly journal (30%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Finding the Celts in History from c.500 B.C. to the present raises issues of the extent of invasion or migration that has occurred in the past and its role in cultural change, indeed the very nature of cultural change itself. These will be addressed from written sources, material remains and genetic evidence. While this unit stands on its own, its topics have been carefully selected to allow students who have done CLST2601 to explore further the Celtic world.
CLST2608 Modern Welsh Language and Culture 1

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 18 Junior credit points from any of Ancient History, Anthropology, Archaeology, Art History, English, French, Ancient Greek, German, Hebrew, History, Italian, Latin, Linguistics, Modern Greek, Sanskrit, Spanish, Studies in Religion or World Religions Assessment: 2x1500wd Essays (46%), 1x2000wd written exam (46%), 1x500wd oral exam (8%) 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.
CLST2612 Identity in the Gaelic World 600-1600

This unit of study is not available in 2017

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 18 Junior credit points from any of Ancient History, Anthropology, Archaeology, Art History, English, French, Ancient Greek, German, Hebrew, History, Italian, Latin, Linguistics, Modern Greek, Sanskrit, Spanish, Studies in Religion or World Religions Assessment: 1x2500wd Essay (50%), 1x2hrs Exam (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: This unit is available as a designated 'Advanced' unit to students enrolled in the BA (advanced) degree program
This unit will examine key topics in the history of Scottish self-awareness from the Picts to the early modern period. We will consider the many diverse origins of Scotland's regional cultures, Scotland's part in the European Enlightenment, and relations between highlands, islands and lowlands in shaping identities in the wider Gaelic world.
CLST2613 Scottish Gaelic Language and Culture 1

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 18 Junior credit points from any of Ancient History, Anthropology, Archaeology, Art History, English, French, Ancient Greek, German, Hebrew, History, Italian, Latin, Linguistics, Modern Greek, Sanskrit, Spanish, Studies in Religion or World Religions Assessment: 2x1000wd Essays (45%), 1x2hr exam (45%), 1x10min oral assessment (10%) 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.
CLST2614 Otherworld Journeys in Celtic Literature

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 18 Junior credit points from any of (Arabic Language and Cultures, Archaeology, English, French, Ancient Greek, German, Hebrew, History, Italian, Latin, Linguistics, Modern Greek, Sanskrit, or Spanish) Assessment: 1x1000wd Literature Survey (20%), 1x2500wd Essay (50%), 1x1hr Exam (30%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit looks closely at one of the most influential narrative types in early 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 Tuatha Dé Danann; Saints Brendan and Fursey, and the Mabinogi tales.
CLST3608 Modern Welsh Language and Culture 2

This unit of study is not available in 2017

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: CLST2608 Prohibitions: CLST2609 Assessment: 1x2000wd assignment (50%), 1x2hr exam (40%), 1x500wd equivalent oral assessment (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: This unit is available as a designated 'Advanced' unit to students enrolled in the BA (advanced) degree program.
In this unit students will apply advanced methods of language-learning, sociolinguistics and literary criticism to the understanding of Modern Welsh Language and Culture. Students will analyse the most influential theories, historical and contemporary, about the role of Modern Welsh in contemporary Welsh society. They will evaluate ways that the language has interacted with other cultures in modern times. Students will learn how to apply their understanding of Modern Welsh Language and Culture to the social and political challenges of today.
CLST3613 Scottish Gaelic Language and Culture 2

This unit of study is not available in 2017

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: CLST2613 Assessment: 2x1000wd Essays (45%), 1x2hr exam (45%), 1x500wd equivalent oral assessment (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
In this unit students will apply advanced methods of language-learning, sociolinguistics and literary criticism to the understanding of Scottish Gaelic Language and Culture. Students will analyse the most influential theories, historical and contemporary, about the role of Scottish Gaelic in contemporary Scottish society. They will evaluate ways that the language has interacted with other cultures in modern times. Students will learn how to apply their understanding of Scottish Gaelic Language and Culture to the social and political challenges of today.
CLST3614 Middle Welsh

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 18 Senior credit points from Celtic Studies including at least 6 credit points from (CLST2608 or CLST2610 or CLST2613) 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 2 Classes: 2x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 18 Senior credit points from Celtic Studies including at least 6 credit points from (CLST2608 or CLST2610 or CLST2613) 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.
CLST4011 Celtic Studies Honours A

Credit points: 12 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 2x2hr seminars/week for one semester Prerequisites: A major (36 credit points) in Celtic Studies plus 12 additional senior credit points, all with a Credit average Assessment: 1x18000-20000wd thesis (60%), 2x6000-8000wd of written work or its equivalent for the 2 seminars (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Honours is an intensive year-long program of advanced study based around research. Honours is undertaken after successful completion of a Bachelor degree and where the overall mark is a minimum credit average (70%). Entry into Honours is selective and work at this level is challenging. Honours is available in most subjects areas taught in the Faculty, and which are listed under Tables A and B in the Handbook. Students will complete a thesis and coursework seminars throughout the year. For further information contact the Honours Coordinator in the department or consult the Handbook entry for the relevant subject area.
CLST4012 Celtic Studies Honours B

Credit points: 12 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Corequisites: CLST4011 Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Refer to CLST4011
CLST4013 Celtic Studies Honours C

Credit points: 12 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Corequisites: CLST4012 Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Refer to CLST4011
CLST4014 Celtic Studies Honours D

Credit points: 12 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Corequisites: CLST4013 Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Refer to CLST4011
ENGL2657 Myths, Legends and Heroes

This unit of study is not available in 2017

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: (12 Junior credit points from English) or (6 Junior credit points from 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.
ENGL2661 Imagining Camelot

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: (12 junior credit points from English) or (6 junior credit points from English and AMST1001) Assessment: 1x500wd equivalent Tutorial exercise (10%), 1x2000wd Essay (45%), 1x2000wd Take-home exercise (45%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The legend of Camelot and King Arthur emerged from the so-called 'Dark Ages', and grew through imaginative storytelling to become one of the most enduring narratives of western literature. In this unit students will study a range texts which have developed the fantastic world of Camelot, from medieval texts in translation to recent adaptations and reconfigurations. Students will consider the legend's transformations across the tradition from its origins in the Middle Ages, through Romantic medievalism to the late 20th century.
ENGL3607 Modern Irish Literature

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x1hr lecture/week, 1x2hr seminar/week Prerequisites: 18 Senior credit points from English or Australian Literature Assessment: 1x500wd annotated bibliography (12%), 1x1500wd Essay (38%), 1x2000wd Take-home exercise (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study charts the development of Irish literature from the late nineteenth century to the present day, in the form of drama, short fiction, novels, poetry, biography and autobiography. Prominent themes include: the emergence of the modern Irish nation through resistance, civil war, and independence from Britain; Northern Ireland and the Troubles; expatriation and exile; wit and verbal dexterity; the fate of specifically "Celtic" sensibilities; and the relation of writing to history (ancient, colonial, the Famine, Republicanism).
ENGL3633 Introduction to Old English

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x1hr lecture/week, 2x1hr tutorials/week Prerequisites: (18 Senior credit points from English or Australian Literature) or (18 Senior credit points from Linguistics) or (18 Senior credit points from 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.
ENGL3642 Medieval Literature: Dreams and Visions

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2-hr seminar/week Prerequisites: (18 senior credit points from English or Australian Literature) or (18 senior credit points from Celtic Studies) Assessment: 1x1500wd annotated bibliography (25%), 1x2500wd essay (40%), 1x2000wd take-home exercise (35%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit will study the literature of dreams and visions of the Middle Ages and the Early Modern period against a range of literary and social backgrounds. The unit will begin with a survey of the classical and biblical background to works which may be defined as dreams or visions, as well as examining the relationship between the two genres and their transformations from the Middle Ages into the Renaissance.
GRKA3603 Greek Oratory and Historiography

This unit of study is not available in 2017

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 3x1hr seminars/week Corequisites: GRKA3600 Assessment: 1x2hr exam (45%), 5x100wd unseen translation exercises (10%) and 1x2000wd Essay (45%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The histories of Herodotus, Thucydides and Xenophon and the speeches of Antiphon, Andocides, Lysias, Isocrates, Demosthenes, Aeschines, Lycurgus, and Demades are our primary sources for the political and social history of Athens and Greece in the fifth and fourth centuries BC. This unit offers a close reading of historical and rhetorical texts and detailed analysis of the rhetorical and ideological construction of truth in Classical Athens. Language skills will continue to be tested and developed by periodic exercises in unseen translation.
GRKA3604 Greek Philosophical Texts

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 3x1-hr seminars/week Corequisites: GRKA3600 Assessment: 1x2hr exam (45%), 5x100wd unseen translation exercises (10%) and 1x2000wd essay (45%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit offers a close reading in the original Greek of select classics of Greek philosophy with particular attention to the genres of philosophical expression and the linguistic, cultural and ideological background to Greek philosophical thought. Language skills will continue to be tested and developed by periodic exercises in unseen translation.
LATN2600 Intermediate Latin 1

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 3x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: HSC Latin or HSC Latin Extension or LATN1601 or LATN2621 Prohibitions: LATN2603 or LATN1101 Assessment: Weekly language assignments equivalent to 1250wd (30%) Weekly quizzes equivalent to 1250wd (30%), 1x2hr exam (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit consolidates the knowledge of Latin acquired in LATN1601, LATN2621 or by advanced study of Latin at school. It involves both formal language study, including practice in unseen translation, and the close reading of a wide variety of shorter and extended extracts from Latin verse and prose texts. Increasing attention will be paid to the literary qualities, style, generic and socio-historical background of the texts, as well as to their grammar and syntax.
LATN2601 Intermediate Latin 2

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 3x1hr seminars/week Prerequisites: LATN2600 Prohibitions: LATN1102 Assessment: 1x1000wd equivalent language assignments (30%), 1x1500wd Essay (30%), 1x2hr exam (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit develops skills in the literary study of Latin texts, and builds further on language knowledge and translation skills acquired in LATN2600. It will involve the close reading of classic works of Latin prose and/or poetry, to be advised in advance on the Department of Classics and Ancient History website. Attention will be paid to style, literary and narrative technique, and the generic and socio-historical background of the texts, as well as to the intricacies of grammar and syntax.
LATN2620 Reading Latin 1

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 3x1hr lectures/week,1x1hr tutorial/week Prohibitions: LATN1001 or LATN1600 or LATN2611 or HSC Latin Assessment: Weekly language assignments equivalent to 1250wd (30%) Weekly quizzes equivalent to 1250wd (30%), 1x2hr exam (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit provides senior-level students with the essential linguistic foundation to the study of the literature, culture, history and long legacy of the Latin-speaking world ruled by Rome. No previous knowledge of any foreign language is assumed and all grammatical concepts encountered will be explained. The unit introduces the basics of Latin through the study of grammar and, using a wide variety of short and longer readings from a range of Roman authors, provides an introduction to Latin literature.
LATN2621 Reading Latin 2

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 3x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: LATN2620 or LATN1600 Prohibitions: LATN1002 or LATN1601 or LATN2612 Assessment: Weekly language assignments equivalent to 1250wd (30%) Weekly quizzes equivalent to 1250wd (30%), 1x2hr exam (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit builds on the knowledge and skills acquired in LATN2620, enabling senior-level students to read more complex Latin texts. It concentrates particularly on reading skills and the syntax of the sentence, while also introducing further grammatical concepts and constructions. Grammatical knowledge is reinforced by translation from and into Latin, while reading skills are further consolidated through the study of a wide variety of longer extracts from Latin prose and verse texts.
LNGS3694 Language and Identity

This unit of study is not available in 2017

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr seminar Prerequisites: Credit average in 18 Senior credit points from Linguistics, or the following foreign languages (French, Japanese, Chinese, Italian, Arabic, Spanish, German, Latin, Modern Greek, Ancient Greek, Indonesian, Malay, Korean, Thai, Yiddish, Hebrew, Syriac, Aramaic, Sanskrit, Anglo-Saxon, Old Norse) Prohibitions: LNGS3907 or LNGS3927 Assessment: 1x1000wd assignment (15%), 1x2000wd assignment (30%), 1x3000wd assignment (45%), participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: This unit is available as a designated 'Advanced' unit to students enrolled in the BA (Advanced) degree program.
The unit explores expressions of social identities and relationships through language, including the connection between social groups (e.g. gender, ethnicity, age) and language use. It familiarises students with theories that explore relationships between language and identity construction/perception. The unit also equips the students with the necessary tools to critically engage with and analyse the issues of language and identity in various contexts.