Celtic Identities: History, Literature and Politics (HIC2002)

StaffDr Garry Tregidga - Convenor
Credit Value30
ECTS Value7.5
NQF Level
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module aims

This module seeks to pursue an identity-based approach to Celtic Studies that emphasises a range of interdisciplinary perspectives in areas like heritage, political studies and ethnology. It provides an introduction to the historical and contemporary experience of the Celts in Britain and Western Europe. Students will also gain practical and theoretical experience of subjects like cultural remembrance, nationalism and regional diversity. Finally, there will also be practical opportunities of personal research in an ethnographic context.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Demonstrate in oral and written contributions a sound knowledge of the debates and approaches associated with Celtic Studies
  • 2. Relate the methodological and theoretical approaches of researchers to a series of Cornish and Celtic case studies

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 3. Analyse and reflect critically and contextually upon texts relating to a specific historical period or theme
  • 4. Collate data from a range of sources, both primary and secondary

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 5. Show evidence of ability to read and use texts and source materials critically and emphatically
  • 6. Combine independent, autonomous study with the ability to work collaboratively

Syllabus plan

The lectures will provide a spine of ideas and information. These will form a basis upon which students can build their own interpretations and explore concepts and issues further in the seminars. The seminar work will comprise 1) discussions of particular topics and sources relating to the subject matter of the module and 2) group presentations on particular topics. The module will commence with a discussion of Old and New Celtic Studies to provide a theoretical framework before looking at a series of case studies relating to the three core disciplines of History, Literature and Politics.

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching activities 22lectures
Scheduled learning and teaching activities 22seminars
Guided independent study257Privat study and preparation

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Seminar questions including group presentations 5/10 minutes1-2, 4, 6

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Essay452,500 words1-5Written comments and verbal feedback on formal submission
Essay based on own primary source research 552,500 words1-5Written comments and verbal feedback on formal submission

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Essay 2,500wEssay 2,500w1-5Referral/deferral period
Essay based on own primary source research Essay based on own primary source research 1-5Referral/deferral period

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

E. Cowan and R. Finlay (eds.) Scottish History: The Power of the Past (Edinburgh University Press, 2002).


M. Gibson, S. Trower and G. Tregidga, (eds.), Myth, Mysticism and Celtic Identity, (Routledge, 2012).

R. Gildea, The Past in French History (Yale University Press, 1994).

J. Githens-Mazer, Myths and Memories of the Easter Rising: Cultural and Political Nationalism in Ireland (Irish Academic Press, 2006).

Hale. A and Payton. P (eds.), New Directions in Celtic Studies (University of Exeter Press, 2000).

K. Hodgkin and S. Radstone (eds.), Contested Pasts: The Politics of Memory (Routledge, 2003).

P. Payton (ed.), Cornish Studies: 5, (University of Exeter Press, 1997).

G. Tregidga (ed.), Memory, Place and Identity: The Cultural Landscape of Cornwall (Francis Boutle Publishers, 2012).  


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Celtic Studies, cultural identities, political identities, interdisciplinary