Irish Love Poetry

7.5 credits

Syllabus, Bachelor's level, 5KS226

A revised version of the syllabus is available.
Education cycle
First cycle
Grading system
Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
Finalised by
The Board of the Department of English, 19 September 2012
Responsible department
Department of English

Entry requirements

General entry requirements and English 6 or English B

Learning outcomes

Upon completing the course students will be able to

Demonstrate knowledge about the origins and development of courtly love poetry in Ireland and Europe

Identify the main themes and motifs in this type of poetry

Demonstrate an ability to analyse texts


The course deals with the courtly love tradition in Irish poetry of the fourteenth to seventeenth centuries. The student will acquire a knowledge of the background and origins of this type of poetry, its main themes and conventions as well as later developments. These aspects will be placed in the broader European context.


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 in writing as well as by continuous assessment.

Internet-based course: examination is done in writing as well as by continuous assessment.

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.

Other directives

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 three occasions during the following three semesters. Normally this right then expires. Otherwise there are no limitations on the number of examination opportunities.

Transitional provisions

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