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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2007-2008 (archived)

Module HIST57930: The Early Irish Church

Department: History

HIST57930: The Early Irish Church

Type Open Level 4 Credits 30 Availability Available in 2007/08


  • None


  • None

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None


  • To enable students to gain detailed knowledge and understanding relating to an aspect of the early Irish Church; to allow them to research and analyse in detail the work of one or more Irish churchmen abroad.
  • A programme of independent bibliographical research and reading focussed on an particular theme or area of research to be selected according to the special interests of particular students and leading to a 5000 word essay to defined on the basis of that reading.


  • The development of the cult and Lives of St Patrick
  • The 'Columban' family of churches, headed by Iona
  • The Irish penitential tradition
  • Early Irish monasteries and monasticism
  • Irish Christians abroad: pilgrims, missionaries, scholars and their relationships with the societies to which they came

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
    Subject-specific Skills:
      Key Skills:

        Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

        Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

        Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
        Tutorials 9 Weekly 1 hour 9
        Preparation and Reading 291
        Total 300

        Summative Assessment

        Component: Essay Component Weighting: 100%
        Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
        Essay 5000 words 100%

        Formative Assessment:

        There is no seperate formative assessment, but at least one individual draft of the summative essay will be handed in for comment. The tutor will provide regular oral feedback on work in progress.

        Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University