Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Medieval Saga Literature of Ireland
Academic Year
Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)
Exclusive (Any Acad Year)
Reading List

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Essay  3,000 words  40%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   60%
Supplementary Assessment Essay  3,000 words  40%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   60%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. You will demonstrate an advanced ability to translate and analyse texts from Old Irish and Middle Irish.

2. You will demonstrate a specialist knowledge of a selection of texts of the period and understand their place in the history of Irish literature.

3. You will demonstrate advanced skills in Old and Middle Irish grammar.

Brief description

Reading and discussing early Irish sagas. There will be an opportunity to read a saga, or extracts from more than one, in the original, and to critically examine the content and background


16 textual sessions + 4 lectures on the background and on the history of scholarship of the sagas

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number
Communication The students will be expected to use clear and correct language both written and oral.
Improving own Learning and Performance The students will have to improve their work in response to constructive criticism from their tutors and fellow students
Information Technology The students will be expected to use word processors and on-line resources where appropriate.
Personal Development and Career planning They will learn skills which are important in academic work.
Problem solving Problems arising from the work will be solved by students in seminars and in their written work
Research skills Research skills will be an important part of completing assignments. Students will be expected to use on-line resources where appropriate.
Subject Specific Skills The ability to reason and to treat a range of sources critically
Team work The students will have to discuss and respect the points of view of their fellow students.


This module is at CQFW Level 7