Celtic Studies Courses
101 GAELIC LANGUAGE & CULTURE I
This course is an introduction to the Gaelic language and culture of Scotland and Nova Scotia for students with no prior knowledge of the language. Students will learn the basics of spoken and written Gaelic as well as aspects of Gaelic culture rooted in the language. Credit will be granted for only one of CELT 101 and CELT 100. Three credits. Offered Fall Term 2023-24.
102 GAELIC LANGUAGE & CULTURE II
Through a variety of written, oral, and audio-visual activities, students will build on their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills from the first semester. Students will also acquire a more advanced foundation in Gaelic grammar. Discussion of select Gaelic customs, practices, and traditions from Nova Scotia and Scotland will also form part of this course as they arise in the process of learning the language. Credit will be granted for only one of CELT 102 and CELT 100. Prerequisite: CELT 101 or permission of instructor. Three credits. Offered Winter Term 2023-24.
111 IRISH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE I
An introduction to the Gaelic language and culture of Ireland for students with no prior knowledge of the language. Students will learn the basics of spoken and written Irish as well as aspects of traditional Irish culture rooted in the language, including proverbs, songs, stories, holidays and foodways. Offered Fall Term 2023-24.
131 CELTIC CIVILIZATIONS I
This course will provide an introduction to the Celtic peoples from the earliest times to the Middle Ages. Topics will include history, language, art, literature, mythology, and early Celtic Christianity. Acceptable as a course in the Dept of History. Three credits. Offered Fall Term 2023-24.
132 CELTIC CIVILIZATIONS II
This course covers the Celtic cultures of Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Brittany, Isle of Man, and Cornwall from the medieval to modern period. Topics will include history, language, music, folklore, and literature. Acceptable as a course in the Dept of History. Three credits. Offered Winter Term 2023-24.
201 GAELIC LANGUAGE & CULTURE III
Building on the communication skills and grammatical concepts learned at the 100 level, students will work on acquiring greater comfort and fluency in the language in the context of Gaelic culture in Nova Scotia and Scotland. Resources from the song and storytelling tradition will be used. Credit will be granted for only one of CELT 201 and CELT 200. Prerequisite: CELT 102 or permission of instructor. Three credits. Not offered 2023-24.
202 GAELIC LANGUAGE & CULTURE IV
Through a variety of written, oral, and audio-visual activities from Gaelic Nova Scotia and Scotland, students will build on their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills acquired in CELT 101, 102, and 201. Students will also acquire a more advanced foundation in Gaelic grammar. Credit will be granted for only one of CELT 202 and CELT 200. Prerequisite: CELT 201 or permission of instructor. Three credits. Not offered 2023-24.
220 CELTIC PAGANISM
This course examines the religious practices and beliefs of the ancient Celtic peoples that we can glean from archaeology, reports of Greek and Roman commentators, place-name evidence, and the mythology in medieval Irish and Welsh narrative tradition. Other topics include syncretism, the adaptation of pagan festivals into Christian holidays, the persistence of elements of paganism into the Christian era, witchcraft in Scotland and Ireland in the context of the European phenomenon and neo-paganism today. Cross-listed as RELS 219. Three credits. Offered Fall Term 2023-24.
230 CELTIC CHRISTIANITY
This course is an exploration of the development of Christianity amongst the Celtic peoples. A major facet will be the medieval hagiographic tradition and saints’ cults from the fourth to the twelfth centuries. Other topics include monasticism, the peregrini, the Hiberno-Scottish mission to the continent, conflict with Roman Catholicism, material culture, and the modern use of the term “Celtic Christianity”. Cross-listed as RELS 229. Three credits. Not offered 2023-24.
300 THIRD-YEAR SCOTTISH GAELIC
Advanced level Gaelic. Emphasis will be on attaining fluency. The course will concentrate on the Gaelic of Nova Scotia with readings from local publications. The class will also work on transcribing recordings of local speakers. Six credits. Students wishing to take this should contact Dr. Michael Linkletter: @email
319 CELTIC MUSIC
This course is an examination of traditional music from the six Celtic countries with emphasis on Scotland, Ireland, and Cape Breton, including Gaelic song, bagpipe, fiddle, and harp music. We will also explore the development of the “Celtic Music” genre in North America. Credit will be granted for only one of CELT 319, CELT 219 or CELT 253. Cross-listed as MUSI 319. Three credits. Offered Fall Term 2023-24.
321 CELTIC ART
Weave your way through Celtic knots and horror vacui (fear of empty space), and discover the art of the Celts. From the Battersea Shield to the Book of Kells, we will trace our way through the extraordinary legacy of weaponry, jeweller, illuminated manuscripts, Celtic crosses, and Sheela-na-Gigs to arrive at a deeper understanding of the people who made them. Acceptable as a course in the Dept of History. Cross-listed as ANTH 321 and ART 321. Three credits. Offered Winter Term 2023-24.
323 MEDIEVAL MANUSCRIPTS
Medieval manuscripts often took years of effort to complete. How were these works of art and scholarship created, and by whom? This course focuses on how medieval manuscripts were put together (codicology) and on how to transcribe manuscript texts in various languages spoken on the British Isles and Ireland, including Gaelic, Old English, Middle English, French, Welsh, and Latin (no knowledge of these languages is required). Crosslisted as ENGL 324 and newly cross-listed with History. Three credits. Not offered 2023-24.
325 THE CELTS IN POP CULTURE
Shamrocks, banshees, leprechauns, fairies, magic, and white-robed druids cutting mistletoe by moonlight. These are only some of the popular images associated with the Celtic peoples. Through a selection of media (including film, television,and novels) this course will explore the complexities of identity and the popular perception of Celtic culture, broadly defined. Among other topics, students will examine the pervasive association between Celtic culture and the supernatural. Credit will be granted for only one of CELT 325. Three credits. Offered Winter Term 2023-24.
327 CELTIC KINGS, HEROES AND MONSTERS- MEDIEVAL IRELAND
From hot-headed heroes to terrifying monsters and death-tales, this course will examine topics and texts from medieval Irish literary tradition in detail. Credit will be granted for only one of CELT 327 and CELT 221. Cross-listed as ENGL 327. Three credits. Offered Fall Term 2023-24.
328 CELTIC KINGS, HEROES AND MONSTERS-MEDIEVAL WALES
From King Arthur to Culhwch and from dragons to giants, this course will examine topics and texts from medieval Welsh tradition in detail. Credit will be granted for only one of CELT 328 and CELT 222. Cross-listed as ENGL 328. Three credits. Offered Winter Term 2023-24.
331 SCOTTISH HISTORY
This course is a survey of the history of Scotland from the earliest times to the present with special emphasis on the role of the Gael. Topics that will be covered include the Dalriadic Scots and the consolidation of the kingdom of Alba, the early Gaelic church, the Kingdom and Lordship of the Isles, the rise of the clans, the decline of Gaelic, the Scottish Wars of Independence, the Reformation and union with England. Acceptable as a credit in history. Credit will be granted for only one of CELT 331 or CELT 333. Three credits. Not offered 2023-24.
332 THE SCOTS IN NORTH AMERICA
This course will follow the fortunes of the Gaels of the Highland diaspora. Emphasis will be placed on studying the Highland settlements of North America with an in- depth look at the history of the Gaels in the Maritime Provinces, particularly Nova Scotia, from the earliest settlements to more recent times. Acceptable as a credit in history. Credit will be granted for only one of CELT 332 or CELT 333. Prerequisite: CELT 331. Three credits. Not offered 2023-24.
341 SCOTTISH GAELIC POETRY I
This course familiarizes students with some of the masterpieces of Gaelic literature from medieval to early modern times and provides a grounding in the historical and cultural aspects of literary production in the Scottish Gaelic world. Topics to be considered include the uses of poetry, the role of the poet in medieval Gaelic society, and the origins and flowering of vernacular Gaelic verse in Scotland. Three credits. Not offered 2023-24.
349 MEDIEVAL MEDICINE
This course examines the history of medicine in Western society, with particular emphasis on medieval Ireland, Wales and Scotland. During the course, we will look at specific diseases, including leprosy, the plague, and dancing mania; and at specific cures, including diet, charms, and surgery. This course is of particular interest for students in Celtic studies, history, and those interested in the history of medicine. Credit will be granted for only one of CELT 349. Acceptable as Humanities requirement in the Health Program; cross-listed with History. Three credits. Not offered 2023-24.
351 IRISH FOLKLORE
Studies in the oral traditions of Gaelic Ireland including the folktale, the storyteller, folklore collectors, folksong tradition, fairies and calendar customs. Three credits. Offered Fall Term 2023-24.
352 FOLKLORE OF SCOTLAND & NOVA SCOTIA
An introduction to the Gaelic folklore of Scotland and Nova Scotia, with an emphasis on wonder tales, clan sagas, Fenian tales, calendar customs, rites of passage, the supernatural and the history of folkloristics. Three credits. Offered Winter Term 2023-24.
CELT 361 SELECTED TOPICS I: CELTIC CINEMA
This course explores the cinema of the Celtic countries and their diasporas, with a focus on contemporary film – feature films, short films, television, and web series - from Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. Key themes include nation and nationalism, language, identity, tradition and modernity, and the supernatural. Three credits. Offered Fall Term 2023-24.
CELT 362 SELECTED TOPICS II: MARGINALIZED VOICES: CELTIC AND INDIGENOUS LITERATURES IN TRANSLATION
This course considers the politics of writing and reading literature in marginalized or “endangered” languages from the mid-19th century to the present. With a focus on Celtic languages and Indigenous languages, the course will explore questions of authenticity, translation, linguistic and cultural revitalization, colonialism, and the relationship between tradition and modernity. All readings will be in English translation. Three credits. Offered Winter Term 2023-24.
CELT 398 SELECTED TOPICS III: LOVE, SEX, AND GENDER IN THE MEDIEVAL GAELIC WORLD
This course explores how love, sex, and gender were expressed, felt, and engendered in the medieval Gaelic world. We will focus on early medieval Gaelic texts (in translation), dating from around 700-1225 AD, and the ways in which various loves (romantic, familial, divine) are portrayed within them. Topics will include saga, poetry, hagiography, medical history, lovesickness, love in absence, the development of romantic love as a literary topic in Europe, feminist and queer studies, mental and emotional ill-health, lamentation, and the Otherworld. Three credits. Cross-listed in Women's & Gender Studies as WMGS 395. Offered Winter Term 2023-24.
491 HONOURS THESIS (6 CREDITS)
Each student works under the supervision of a chosen professor who guides the selection of a thesis topic, use of resources, methodological component, quality of analysis and execution, and literary calibre of the ﬁnal version. Required for all honours students. Six credits. Contact chair of department for further details.
499 DIRECTED STUDY
A directed study course in advanced topics (such as Advanced Scottish Gaelic, Gaelic poetry, Old Irish, Middle Welsh, etc). Please consult the chair of department at least one month in advance of the term in which you wish to do a directed study. Available for three or six credits.
GRADUATE COURSES (MA PROGRAM)
Please consult with the Department Chair or Graduate Studies Coordinator for course availability.
500 ADVANCED SCOTTISH GAELIC - SIX CREDITS
520 GAELIC IMMIGRANT LITERATURE - SIX CREDITS
521 OLD IRISH I
This course focusses on acquiring Old Irish grammar for the purposes of translating early Irish texts and obtaining a foundation in the historical and linguistic basis of the modern Gaelic languages. Emphasis will be placed on discussing written exercises and/or translations of Old Irish texts, mastering grammatical concepts, as well as demonstrating an understanding of prepared readings on Old Irish grammar. Required for all MA students. Three credits.
522 OLD IRISH II
This course, which is a continuation of Old Irish I, focusses on acquiring further Old Irish grammar, and on translating basic Old Irish saga-texts and poetry. Required for all MA students. Three credits.
530 IRISH BARDIC POETRY - SIX CREDITS
555 SCOTTISH TRADITIONAL CULTURE - SIX CREDITS
560 WRITING GAELIC - SIX CREDITS
570 CELTIC SPIRITUALITY - SIX CREDITS
599 DIRECTED STUDY - SIX CREDITS
561 SELECTED TOPICS I - THREE CREDITS
562 SELECTED TOPICS II - THREE CREDITS
590 THESIS - EIGHTEEN CREDITS