Syllabus for Celtic History and Culture

Keltisk historia och kultur

A revised version of the syllabus is available.


  • 7.5 credits
  • Course code: 5KS203
  • 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: 2012-09-19
  • Revised by: The Board of the Department of English
  • Applies from: Spring 2013
  • Entry requirements: General entry requirements and English 6 or English B
  • 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 revised 2008-10-23 to be in effect as of 2009-01-01.

Learning outcomes

Upon completing the component students will

- be able to give an account of the fundamental features of ancient and medieval Celtic social conditions

- be able to give an account of the fundamental features of ancient and medieval Celtic history

- be able to give an account of the fundamental features of ancient and medieval Celtic archaeology

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


The component focuses on ancient and medieval Celtic cultural history.


Campus-based course: Group instruction. Language of instruction is English. The teaching can partly be given with web support.

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


Campus-based 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: Spring 2013

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Cunliffe, Barry W. The ancient Celts

    Second edition.: 2018

    Find in the library


  • Chadwick, Nora K. Cunliffe, Barry W. The Celts

    2. ed. /b with an introductory chapter by Barry Cunliffe: London: Penguin, 1997

    Find in the library

  • Kelly, Fergus A guide to early Irish law

    Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1988

    Find in the library

  • Powell, T. G. E. The Celts

    New ed.: New York: Thames and Hudson, 1980

    Find in the library