Syllabus for Introduction to Celtic Literature

Introduktion till keltisk litteratur

A revised version of the syllabus is available.


  • 7.5 credits
  • Course code: 5KS202
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
  • Established: 2007-11-06
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Languages
  • Revised: 2010-02-04
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Languages
  • Applies from: Autumn 2010
  • Entry requirements:

    En B (specific entry requirements 2) Requirements have been lowered in relation to the original specific entry requirements.

  • Responsible department: Department of English

Decisions and guidelines

The syllabus was adopted by the Board of the Faculty of Languages on 2007-11-06 to be in effect as of 2008-07-01. The course syllabus was revised 2008-10-23 and takes effect as of 2009-01-01.

Learning outcomes

Upon completing the course students will be able to

- be able to give an account of fundamental features of medieval Irish and Welsh literary genres

- be able to give an account of fundamental features of medieval Irish and Welsh literary history

- be able to give an account of fundamental features of the medieval Irish and Welsh society


The module focuses on central literary genres in medieval Irish and Welsh literature. They are illustrated by the study of primary texts in English translation and secondary literature.


Campus course: Group instruction. English is the language of instruction. Instruction may be partly Web-based.

Internet-based course: Teaching is done in the the virtual learning environment. A number of on-campus meetings for group instruction may be added. English is the language of instruction.


Campus course: examination is done both orally and in writing as well as by continuous assessment. Internet-based course: examination is done in writing. Grades used are either Fail, Pass, or Pass with Distinction.

Students who do not achieve a passing grade on the regular examination will have another opportunity to take the examination within a reasonable period of time after the regular examination.

Students who fail a certain examination twice have the right upon request, following consultation with the head of department, to have another examiner appointed.

Transitional provisions

For transitional regulations in the case of changes in the syllabus, please contact the student adviser.

Other directives

For admission to the course Celtic languages B another 22.7 higher education credits from Celtic languages A are required.

If the syllabus or course reading for a component has been changed, students have a right to be examined under the original syllabus and course reading on two occasions during the following semester. Normally this right then expires. Otherwise there are no limitations on the number of examination opportunities.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Autumn 2012

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Dillon, Myles Early Irish literature

    Dublin: Four Courts Press, 1994

    Find in the library


  • Gantz, Jeffrey Early Irish myths and sagas

    Harmondsworth: Penguin books, 1981

    Find in the library

  • Davies, Sioned The Mabinogion

    Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007

    Find in the library

  • Williams, J. E. Caerwyn; Ford, Patrick K. The Irish literary tradition

    Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1992

    Find in the library

Reading list revisions