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Diploma Medieval Studies

These are the modules currently offered on this course in the 2019–20 academic year.

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Year 1 Modules

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1

  • KAH-4401: Understanding the Middle Ages (20) Core
    Students who enter the MA programme will have obtained familiarity with the Middle Ages from the perspective of one particular discipline. The course is designed to introduce them to the breadth of subject areas and methodologies to be subsumed under the umbrella of medieval studies broadly understood. Scholars from Bangor will lead thematic sessions on individual aspects (archaeology, history, literature, liturgy, music) and advanced skills which are pivotal to medievalist research (specialised reference sources and databases). Additionally, students will encounter cutting-edge research presented by visiting scholars from Bangor and beyond in the seminar series (organised by the Centre for Medieval Studies). These sessions will primarily focus on areas not represented in Bangor (e.g. art history, philosophy, theology, history of science) and will vary year on year, depending on the availability of staff and the students' core interests. The practice of critical discourse will be trained by through occasional discussion sessions on seminal and controversial methodological approaches, in which students take the lead.

Semester 2

  • QXE-4025: Manuscript and Printed Books (30) Core
    This module will explore a range of manuscripts and incunabula from the medieval and early modern periods, with a view to engaging with the complex notions of medieval written artefact and composite books, the circulation and the dissemination of manuscripts and printed books. This module will offer the postgraduate the opportunity to pursue highly innovative lines of research in often neglected fields of study, including editing from digital resources and dealing with complex issues in transcription. There will be ample time during the semester for the postgraduate to shape and develop their own enquiries.

Optional Modules

70 credits from:

  • CXC-4012: Astudiaeth Unigol: 1 (40) (Semester 1 + 2)
    Mae `Astudiaeth Unigol: 1' yn un o fodiwlau craidd MA: Iaith a Llenyddiaeth Gymraeg. Bydd union gynnwys a chyfeiriad y modiwl yn dibynnu ar raglen unigol y myfyriwr. Bydd y tri modiwl `Astudiaeth Unigol' sy'n 40 credyd yr un yn ymffurfio rhyngddynt yn rhaglen gydlynus a chydgysylltiol a fydd yn paratoi'r myfyriwr ar gyfer y traethawd hir 60 credyd dilynol. Rhoddir sylw i hyfforddiant ymchwil o fewn y modiwlau unigol. At hynny, mewn cyfres seminarau pwnc-benodol, trafodir amryw faterion sy'n berthnasol i'r broses o ymchwilio ar gyfer gwaith ôl-radd, e.e. cywair priodol ar gyfer traethodau academaidd, llên-ladrad, cywain ffynonellau, trefnu nodiadau, sefydlu llyfryddiaethau. Trwy gyfrwng ymweliadau â llyfrgelloedd ac archifdy PCB, tynnir sylw at yr ystod o gronfeydd gwybodaeth sydd ar gael a'u defnyddioldeb i'r ymchwilydd unigol. Yn ogystal â sylw i'r agweddau ymarferol a thechnegol hyn ar weithgaredd ymchwil, bydd cyfle mewn seminarau i gyfranogi o amgylchedd ymchwil Ysgol y Gymraeg ac elwa ar y cyfle i drafod rhaglenni unigol yng nghwmni myfyrwyr ôl-radd ac ymchwil eraill.
  • QXE-4029: Gender & Devotion in EM Lit. (30) (Semester 1)
    This module explores a wide selection of published and manuscript texts that demonstrate the breadth, continuities and dissimilarities of late medieval ad early modern women’s devotional writing practices (both religious and secular). Graduate students will be introduced to the writing of anchorites, mystics, mothers and lovers, from across the social spectrum, who expressed their devotion in a variety of genres and for widely differing audiences. The material under discussion emerges in forma as varied as translation, lyric poetry, letters, early autobiographical writing, exegesis, polemic, prophecy and prayer. This module offers opportunities for students to develop and pursue highly innovative lines of research in the analytical comparison of devotional writing from pre- and post-Reformation England.
  • QXE-4030: Medieval Arthur (30) (Semester 1)
    This module will explore the Arthurian myth and legends from its inception through to the end of the Middle Ages, while paying attention to the way the story was shaped in different centuries, socio-political contexts, as well as material culture – the manuscript and printed editions. The module will offer the postgraduates on the MA in Arthurian Literature a solid foundation for the continuation of their course, while giving others, who choose this module as an option, an insight into the origins and development of Arthurian themes in early literature. There will be ample time during the semester for the postgraduates to shape and develop their own enquiries of the subject.
  • QXE-4033: Postgraduate Portfolio S1 (10) (Semester 1)
    This module is designed to enable to postgraduate to pursue advanced level of research through sustained pieces of writing on a research area to be determined by student and tutor. This module offers the opportunity for the postgraduate to submit a portfolio of work of independent research (guided by tutorial supervision) addressing an enquiry which might not be on offer within the existing range of core and optional postgraduate modules within the existing menu in the home CAH School. The intellectual format of the portfolio will be agreed by tutor and student and will present an ideal outlet in which to demonstrate the student¿s scholarly practices: the ability to construct carefully researched and organised piece(s) of writing; the ability to abide by scholarly practices of notation and referencing; the ability to engage at an advanced level with critical approaches to the chosen field of enquiry; the ability to formulate argumentation at an advanced level.