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ENGL6040: Introduction to Old English

Old English - the ancestor of Modern English - was the language of England from the fifth century until the twelfth. Literature written in Old English includes the epic Beowulf beside a rich variety of other poetry, as well as historical texts. This unit introduces students to the language of the Anglo-Saxons through the study of Old English texts.

Code ENGL6040
Academic unit English
Credit points 6

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

  • LO1. acquire 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. 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 for the cultural contexts of the history of scholarship on this field
  • LO6. demonstrate the research and argumentation skills necessary for the study of pre-modern language and literature across a range of cultural contexts.