CCIV10020 Early Ireland: Continuity & Change

Academic Year 2022/2023

Students will need a laptop and Wifi connection to participate fully in this module.

The course is designed as an introduction to early Irish society and culture. The period we cover was one of great change for Irish society – the arrival of Christianity with a new language, the rise of new, forceful power groupings and the opportunities and challenges posed by the intrusion of the Vikings. Underlying these transformations there was continuity and we will examine the evidence for the survival of earlier belief – in the burial record and in the role of women in the administration of associated rituals. We will look at the institution of kingship, with its rituals & taboos grounded in Paganism. Changes in the manifestation of kingship, especially the growth of over-kingship were a feature of this period. St Patrick, symbolic of Irish Christianity, was brought to Ireland as a slave and as the Vikings arrive the slave trade becomes more visible. We will consider the position of slaves in Irish society – their role in the running of the household and in the labour–intensive agricultural economy. This was one of the most dynamic periods in Irish history. A glance at the beautiful high crosses scattered across the Irish landscape indicate the wealth, patronage of the arts and appreciation of innovative ideas that were a mark of this era.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

1. To display a general understanding of the sources related to the history of the Ireland in the medieval world including: the annals, the chronicles, inscriptions, literature and archaeology
2. To display a knowledge of the principal aspects of the society, economy and politics of medieval Ireland, & its contribution to developments in the greater medieval world.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning








Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lectures, supplemented by tutorials. Tutorial time will be devoted to close readings of primary texts. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
CCIV20090 - EarlyIreland:Continuity&Change

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Assignment: Online Assignment Week 7 n/a Graded No


Assignment: Online assignment Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Assignment: Glossary Assignment Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No



Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Oral or written/annotated feedback which can be face-to-face, on Brightspace or by email.

Name Role
Ms Linda Doran Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Nathan Millin Lecturer / Co-Lecturer