CCIV10030 The British Celts

Academic Year 2019/2020

The module gives an overview of the early history of the Celts and other peoples in Britain. After outlining what we know of Late Iron Age Britain, we study the wide-ranging changes caused by Roman Conquest, and examine what can be learned from various types of evidence about aspects of daily life, art and religion. When the Romans left we consider what was their enduring legacy, and what the newly independent Britain was once again like before the arrival of a new external threat with the coming of Germanic speakers, the ancestors of the English. These are the Dark Ages, when direct testimony is scanty, but when traditions associated with the enigmatic but influential figure of Arthur developed. We also examine the emergence of new kingdoms and see how Christianity spread over the whole land. Finally we look at the earliest surviving Celtic traditions of Britain, as exemplified in early Welsh poetry and prose, which are read in translation.

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Learning Outcomes:

Understand the role of the native Celts in the formation of Britain, and the impact of invading cultures on them.
Be aware of the main source material available for the historical interpretation of early Britain.
Gain some knowledge of medieval Welsh literature in the light of social and historical forces which shaped it, as well as appreciating what it has to say to modern readers.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours




Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lectures, supplemented by tutorials. Tutorial time will be devoted to close readings of primary texts and discussion of matters raised in the lectures. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
British Celts (CCIV1903)

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Essay: short essay Week 5 n/a Graded No


Attendance: Attendance and tutorial preparation and contribution Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Essay: 2 end-of-trimester essays Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Essay: short essay Week 10 n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

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Oral or written/annotated feedback which can be face-to-face, on Brightspace or by email.

Name Role
Dr Fangzhe Qiu Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Emma Nic Carthaigh Subject Extern Examiner
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.  
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - Spring: All Weeks Mon 13:00 - 13:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - Spring: All Weeks Wed 13:00 - 13:50
Tutorial Offering 1 Week(s) - Spring: All Weeks Mon 15:00 - 15:50
Tutorial Offering 2 Week(s) - Spring: All Weeks Tues 11:00 - 11:50
Tutorial Offering 3 Week(s) - Spring: All Weeks Wed 14:00 - 14:50
Tutorial Offering 6 Week(s) - Spring: All Weeks Tues 14:00 - 14:50