Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
The Mabinogion: Legendary and Arthurian Literature in Middle Welsh
Academic Year
Semester 1
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. Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the nature of the early Welsh narrative tradition.

2. Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the make-up of the Four Branches and other ‘Mabinogion’ tales.

3. Demonstrate a specialist knowledge of traditional and more contemporary views as to the stylistic and thematic features of the texts.

4. Develop a mastery of the fundamentals of Middle Welsh grammar and syntax.

Brief description

Studying and reading texts from the ‘Mabinogion’. We will read extracts in the original, and discuss critically their content and background.


A series of 10 lectures on the content and background of the native tales + 10 textual sessions to read extracts

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