What is the course about?
This course is about peoples, and their lands, identified as Celtic. The climate in the Celtic lands is wetter, and the
landscape more rugged or mountainous, factors which conditioned the cultural and political development of the
people. We explore migration, food and farming, the peasantry and the lords, and discuss trade and the exchange of
ideas. Tutor: Michael Bloomfield.
What will we cover?
The essential geography of the Celtic realms; the origins and development of the Celtic peoples in the Middle Ages;
the cultures and traditions of the Celts in antiquity and the changes which were brought about by the advent of
Christianity; the impact of the Vikings; aristocratic life; agriculture and technology; warfare; markets and trade.
Interaction with Anglo-Saxon England.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
be able to describe important features of Celtic history, culture and society;
- appreciate Celtic cultural achievements, including artefacts in museums;
- identify the ways scholars have interpreted Celtic culture;
- study Celtic culture with an enhanced awareness of the materials available to us.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an `introductory` course and no previous knowledge is required, although there will be some recommended
reading. Books should be available from a library, although you might wish to buy a particular text if you wish to
explore a topic further. As with most of our history and current affairs courses, an open mind and a willingness to
listen to and think about views with which you do not always agree are more important than specific levels of skills.
You will gain more from the course, in terms of enjoyment and learning, if you are able and willing to do some
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Sessional talks and discussions are illustrated with slides. There is ample opportunity for discussion of questions
and issues raised. As the course progresses learners are encouraged to take an increasing part in the learning
process, especially with regard to asking questions and discussing aspects of the topics covered.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You may wish to buy a book or visit a museum of site recommended during the course. The costs of this are not
covered by the course fee.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
There is a range of courses available at the Build which explores other aspects of British and European history, Art and Culture.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details