Do you have Scottish or Irish ancestry or an interest in Gaelic culture, history and sites? People around the world feel a connection to the lands of Scotland and Ireland. Many people can trace their ancestry back to Scotland and Ireland, but often the language and culture of those who emigrated has been left behind. The Gaels, the speakers of the Gaelic language, have a long and fascinating history.
In this course, gain an understanding of this history and how it manifests itself in the art and mythology of the people. Explore who the Gaels are, the reasons why people left their homeland, and how this was expressed in their art and culture. Discover the relationship between language, culture, and identity for the Gaelic people. Learn about the history of Scotland and Ireland from the Roman period to the present. Gain a greater appreciation of the rich and lively Gaelic culture today.
By the end of this course you be able to:
Words like ‘mysterious’ are often used when describing the people called the Picts. Learn about these ancient people from Scotland and their fascination history and culture. They are known in archaeological records from their hillforts and unique carved symbol stones. They appear in writings as victorious barbarians attacking Roman Britain or as victims of the Vikings. When Christianity took hold, they started carving elaborate Celtic crosses and making exquisite metalwork. What role did they play in creating medieval Scotland and why did they ‘mysteriously’ disappear? Explore the history of the Picts, including their notorious carved symbol stones, crosses and metalwork. Gain a better understanding of the history of Scotland and Europe, as well as the limits of historical records of that time. Enjoy learning about other peoples from other times while reflecting on the many mysteries that abound in history.
Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
Gaelic language students, continue studying the traditional language of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland in this interactive class. Expand your ability to converse while learning helpful vocabulary and sentence structures. Topics will include making conditional statements, possessive relationships between nouns, adverbs, and linking things together. Learn how to talk about time, place and manner while gaining more ability to create sentences. Enjoy the camaraderie of a class of language learners who have similar abilities.
Prerequisites: Scottish Gaelic 2, or the ability to work with regular and irregular verbs in the past and future tenses.