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ENGL401 Old English

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An intensive study of Beowulf and its literary, historical and cultural background.

Close study of the poem Beowulf in its original Old English language.

Paper title Old English
Paper code ENGL401
Subject English
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2020
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,142.40
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,661.93

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72 points from ENGL 311-368, EURO 302
It is assumed that students have no prior knowledge of Old English language. It is advantageous to have had some experience learning another language and to know about basic grammatical terminology.

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George Jack, ed. Beowulf: A Student Edition (Oxford)
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Information literacy, Research.
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Learning Outcomes
Students will:
  • Develop facility in Old English language through reading the text of Beowulf in its original form
  • Develop the critical skills that facilitate the reading of medieval literature in the light of the cultural and literary traditions of the period
  • Understand the critical debates surrounding the literary interpretation of Beowulf and its place in Anglo-Saxon culture

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Not offered in 2020

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
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