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ENGL3633: Introduction to Old English

Old English was the language of England from the fifth century until the twelfth. This earliest phase of the English literary tradition evolved against a background of cultural encounters: as the Anglo-Saxons encountered the culture of Rome, as they adopted and adapted the Christian religion, and as they reflected on their origins on the European continent. This unit introduces students to the language spoken and written by the Anglo-Saxons, and presents the opportunity to translate and read Old English texts.

Code ENGL3633
Academic unit English
Credit points 6
12 credit points at 2000 level including 6 credit points in the English major
ENGL3621 or ENGL3622 or ENGL3631 or ENGL3632

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. demonstrate basic understanding of Old English language and grammar (English in its earliest form)
  • LO2. demonstrate familiarity with the major cultural and linguistic forces shaping medieval English
  • LO3. be equipped to undertake more advanced research in Anglo-Saxon and related areas of linguistic and literary studies
  • LO4. understand and develop arguments about the development of Modern English from its Germanic roots
  • LO5. appreciate Old English literature and its cultural contexts, and the cultural contexts of the history of scholarship on this field
  • LO6. demonstrate research and argumentation skills necessary for the study of pre-modern language and literature across a range of cultural contexts.