Ancestral Voices: The Earliest English Literature (Online)

Course summary

  • Wed 26 Apr 2017 to Fri 07 Jul 2017
  • Online
  • From £255.00
  • 10 CATS points
  • Course code O16P494LTV
  • onlinecourses@conted.ox.ac.uk
  • Applications being accepted

Ancestral Voices: The Earliest English Literature (Online)



Overview

This course aims to dispel the myth that Old English literature is either dreary, difficult, or only about drinking and fighting, and will introduce participants to the range of Old English literature, from stirring tales of heroism, courage, and fellowship, to poignant elegies of love and loss; from passionately devout to earthily humorous.

An accessible introduction to the earliest extant English literature. The aim of this course is not for participants to learn to read or speak Old English; the texts explored will be offered in translation. Optional activities and directions for further exploration, however, enable those who wish to learn some Old English grammar and vocabulary to do so.

This course aims to dispel the popular myth that Old English literature is either dreary or solely concerned with battles, and will introduce participants to the range of Old English literature, from stirring tales of heroism, courage, and fellowship, to poignant elegies of love and loss; from passionately devout to earthily humorous. Areas covered include:

Anglo-Saxon history and culture;
an introduction to Old English texts;
in-depth exploration of selections from Old English texts in translation;
an introduction to and taster of a variety of Old English;
Old English script and runes;
manuscripts;
tools for close critical analysis;
the heroic tradition;
paganism and Christianity;
women in Anglo-Saxon culture.

Students completing this course will be invited to join our online book group.

For information on how the courses work, and a link to our course demonstration site, please click here.

Programme details

1.Ancestral Voices
2.Hearing voices: introduction to old English texts in translation
3.Hearing Voices: getting more our of reading Old English texts
4.Pagan voices and Christian voices
5.Old English voices: a taster of the Old English language
6.Epic and heroic voices
7.Beowulf
8.Womens voices
9.Single and echoing voices
10.Lasting voices: the end and after

We strongly recommend that you try to find a little time each week to engage in the online conversations (at times that are convenient to you) as the forums are an integral, and very rewarding, part of the course and the online learning experience.

Recommended reading

This course does not have any textbooks; the required readings will be provided on the course site. You will need to have regular access to the Internet.

Certification

To earn credit (CATS points) for your course you will need to register and pay an additional £10 fee for each course you enrol on. You can do this by ticking the relevant box at the bottom of the enrolment form or when enrolling online. If you do not register when you enrol, you have up until the course start date to register and pay the £10 fee.

For more information on CATS point please click on the link below: http://www.conted.ox.ac.uk/studentsupport/faq/cats.php

Coursework is an integral part of all online courses and everyone enrolled will be expected to do coursework, but only those who have registered for credit will be awarded CATS points for completing work at the required standard. If you are enrolled on the Certificate of Higher Education you need to indicate this on the enrolment form but there is no additional registration fee.

Assignments are not graded but are marked either pass or fail.

All students who successfully complete this course, whether registered for credit or not, are eligible for a Certificate of Completion. Completion consists of submitting both course assignments and actively participating in the course forums. Certificates will be available, online, for those who qualify after the course finishes.

IT requirements

This course is delivered online; to participate you must to be familiar with using a computer for purposes such as sending email and searching the Internet. You will also need regular access to the Internet and a computer meeting our recommended minimum computer specification.

Fees

Home/EU Fee: £255.00
Non-EU Fee: £295.00
Take this course for CATS points: £10.00

Tutors

Dr Nicolay Yakovlev

Tutor

Course aims

To enable students to gain an enjoyment and appreciation of Old English texts and an understanding of the contexts of those texts.

Course Objectives
On successful completion of this course, participants will:

  • have knowledge of a range of Old English texts in translation;
  • have gained or developed tools of critical analysis and understanding;
  • have encountered samples of Old English dialects and Old English scripts;
  • have explored archaeological findings relating to the 5th to 11th centuries;
  • have an understanding of the history of settlement of England by peoples from the north and east.

Teaching outcomes

Participants will gain knowledge of:

  • the range and variety of the Old English language (introductory)
  • the range and variety of Old English literature
  • the history of the Anglo-Saxon invasions and settlement of England (survey)


Participants will gain understanding of:

  • the relationship between Old and Modern English
  • the diversity of Old English dialects
  • genres, subjects, traditions and conventions of Old English literature (in translation)
  • sources of our knowledge of Anglo-Saxon culture
  • practices and beliefs of the Anglo-Saxon peoples.

Assessment methods

Assessment for this course is based on two written assignments - one short assignment due half way through the course and one longer assignment due at the end of the course. Students will have about two weeks to complete each assignment.

Assignments are not graded but are marked either pass or fail.

Application

Please use the 'Book' or 'Apply' button on this page. Alternatively, please contact us to obtain an application form.

Level and demands

FHEQ level 4, 10 weeks, approx 10 hours per week, therefore a total of about 100 study hours.