MLitt Highlands and Islands Culture Module

MLitt Highlands and Islands Culture Module Summary<>

Programme Content

There are three exit points from the degree course: PgCert, PgDip and MLitt.

Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) in Highlands and Islands Culture

Prerequisite: Hons degree

The Gaelic Legacy (CORE)

This module looks at the imaginative world of Gaelic culture through the ages and evaluates its legacy. It will explore dominant ideologies, key texts, and oral literatures. While being taught in translation, it will aim to give students confidence in the pronunciation of Gaelic and an understanding of metrics. It will look forward to the future for Gaelic literary icons.

The Highlands and Islands Story (CORE)

This module will give a chronological overview of the history, culture, and development of the Highlands and Islands area and analyse their influence on the lives of families and communities in the region.

Creideamh and Freutereis: Traditional Custom and Beliefs of the H and I (CORE)

This module will investigate the range of traditions in custom and belief, both religious and social, ancient and modern, which influence the lives of families and communities in the Highlands and Islands even in this day and age. These beliefs and practices will be placed in their cultural, historical and geographical context

Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) in Highlands and Islands Culture

Prerequisite: Completion of PG Cert and permission of Exam Board

Highland Voices: Music and Song (CORE)

In this module, students have the opportunity to develop their knowledge of the history of music and song of the Highlands from the 9th century to present day. Students will investigate the development, application and significance of the instrumental forces of the Highlands throughout history, including the Highland bagpipes, harp and fiddle. Students will also investigate the development of the form and structure of a range of genres of music of the Highlands, including pibrochs, ballads, folk songs, music for dance and classical music. They will also examine the relationship between music and language, considering the significance of the Gaelic language throughout the history of the music of the Highlands. The study will also focus on the relationship between music and the broader culture of the Highlands, considering religion and the church, politics, economics, geography, society, literature and poetry and other art forms. Students will also investigate the effect of emigration and diaspora mentality on the development and significance of music, as well as the position of music of the Highlands in relation to the broader Scottish culture. The study will also consider the role and position of music within the Highlands in the 21st century.

+ 2 from the OPTION POOL, one in each semester

Early Scottish and Norse Literature (OPTION)

This module aims to give students a sound knowledge of the literature of the Highlands andIslandsfrom earliest times up to 1600 in their linguistic, social, and literary context. The development of specific themes and styles in each language group will be compared and contrasted and the societies which produced them analysed. It will provide a literary context for those students wishing to take the Language and Palaeography of Older Scots option at PG Dip level.

Historical and Cultural Perspectives of the North Atlantic Rim (OPTION)

This module aims to look at the cultural and social disparities of the North Atlantic Rim regions in terms of historical background and cultural heritage and the influences both external and internal which have modified and impinged upon it. Particular attention will be paid to communities which are satellites of larger areas in the region commensurate with the status of the Highlands and Islands inScotland.

Introduction to Screenwriting (OPTION)

Students will learn how to develop a framework of screenwriting practice and will be encouraged to write a short screenplay. They will participate in critical workshops on their own and other writers’ work, and will be encouraged to develop a critical self-awareness and an enquiring, analytical and creative approach to their work. They will further their learning and creative abilities by participating in exercises and course assessment. The course will develop from an initial lecture and screening format, where examples of short films will be shown, to workshops, with group discussions and practical exercises being used throughout the programme. By the end of the course students will have developed a range of skills and critical facilities in screenwriting. In addition, they will have been offered the opportunity to develop and write a short screenplay with peer feedback.

Exploring Creative Writing (OPTION)

This module provides opportunities for the practice, study and development of creative and professional writing, operates at an advanced or publishable level and is intended to appeal to students with an interest in creative writing, those who want to develop their ideas with a view to completing a full length work and seek contact with others who are similarly minded in an environment that builds on the craft and practical business of writing such as editing, manuscript preparation, improvement, marketing, contracts and so on.

The Language and Palaeography of Older Scots (OPTION)

This module aims to give an in-depth knowledge of Older Scots Language. The course will also contain an introduction to palaeography and glossary compilation working from manuscripts and early printed texts. It will cover both literary and non-literary material.

The North Atlantic Rim Literary Context (OPTION)

This optional literature module seeks to offer students an insight through prose and poetry to the literary cultures of the North Atlantic Rim and the various forms of social organisation and social change of the North Atlantic Rim.

MLitt in Highlands and Islands Culture

Prerequisite: Completion of Pg Cert, Pg Dip, and permission of Exam Board

Research Dissertation (CORE)

This is a generic UHI postgraduate module. The module aims to provide students with an opportunity to undertake a sustained, rigorous and independent investigation of some aspect of material culture and the environment. There is an online UHI postgraduate dissertation handbook for student guidance.

The dissertation must consist of original work. It should be informed by the theoretical and practical knowledge and expertise which the participant has developed through other modules and/or in previously accredited learning. It should focus on a theme, topic or issue which is relevant to the subject. The resulting dissertation should not only present and interpret the research findings but also critically evaluate the research design and methodology employed; and identify the outcomes of the research in terms of actual or planned developments and changes.

Personal Development Planning

All UHI Programmes seek to reinforce core or key learning skills. These are generic and transferable skills that employers and others look for in candidates for employment or in preparation for other higher education Programmes. For UHI undergraduate programmes core or graduate skills are embedded in programmes and are identified as Graduate Key Skills (GKS) and are recognised as part of personal development planning.

At Masters level, it is important to consolidate and further develop employability skills and the concept of ‘graduateness’. Within the MLitt Highlands and Islands Culture, subject or field-specific skills are developed along with theoretical, intellectual and applied skills. The more generic skills of written and oral communication and Interpersonal skills are also developed within the Programme. Through the development of self awareness and self-directed study students are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning and to be more reflective professionals. These abilities are particularly important for part-time and distance learning students, including those engaged in continuing professional development.