Minor: Cultural Transmission

(this minor is currently available with the Denominated Degree English & Media Studies)

Book of Ballymote, Royal Irish Academy, Dublin.
      Book of Ballymote. 14th century. © Royal Irish Academy: https://www.ria.ie/book-ballymote

Introduction

This Minor Subject focuses on three interconnected domains of cultural expression―material culture, aesthetics and iconography, and literature, story-telling and mythology― situated alongside important moments in European social and political evolution. Blending tangible and intangible cultural heritages, it complements the overall aim of the Programme which is to prepare graduates for professional environments that requires them to research, situate and present their specialised knowledge and expertise in cross-, multi- and trans-disciplinary contexts.

The aim of this minor subject is to address the need for graduates to have a more holistic and integrated knowledge of the connectivity and overlap between archaeology, art and written and oral narrative, as both singular and collective modi of projection. As well as familiarising them with the methodologies and interpretive boundaries appropriate to each domain of expression, the aim of the programme is to teach students how to combine the differing strands of evidence rationally and coherently. There will be a strong focus on inter-disciplinarity in this programme.

Command of multiple domains of evidence, and competence around their interaction, will equip students for both the job-market and advanced academic study. The ability to combine evidence from different disciplines is paradigmatic to contemporary heritage stewardship and management, practice and policy, and thus the training offered in this minor will prepare graduates for employment in this sector.

Objectives of the Course

To equip graduates to meet the increasing demand on sectoral practitioners and actors (State services, cultural institutions, conservation, planning, and the broader heritage sector) to apply specialised knowledge and expertise in contexts that require them to also understand, consider, transmit and advocate for a wide range of interrelated heritage values across diverse social spectra and operational circumstances. 

To instruct students on the methodologies and approaches to material culture, art and iconography, and the oral tradition.

To instruct students on the practice and boundaries of inter-disciplinary studies.

Learning outcomes for the course

On completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Understand the diversity of interrelated values attaching to archaeological, artistic and literary cultural expressions and resources.
  • Demonstrate mature, critical understanding of the phenomenon of cultural transmission.
  • Understand the interdependency of tangible and intangible heritages.
  • Handle, competently, the sources and resources associated with these branches of evidence.
  • Negotiate the complexities, limitations and potential of interdisciplinary studies.

Overall Structure of the Course

Students are directed to the relevant discipline’s undergraduate course outlines for details on individual modules and timetables.

Year One of the Programme

  • Outline of Year One

Module Code

Module Title

ECTS

Semester

Core/Optional

AR2101

Early Kingship: from chaos to cosmos

5

1

Core

SG111

Early and Medieval History of the Celts

5

1

Core

AR1104

Material Culture & Museums

5

2

Core

AR334

Ancient Civilisations – The Rise of Complex Societies

5

2

Core

  • Learning Outcomes for Year One

On completion of year one of the course students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate general knowledge of relevant ancient civilisations, key social and technical developments and the emergence of the institution of kingship and related systems of governance and the associated mythological canon.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of socio-political responses and adaptations to technological advancements.
  • Demonstrate basic skills in academic writing and use of library resources (instruction provided by James Hardiman Library.

Year Two of the Programme

  • Outline of Year Two

Module Code

Module Title

ECTS

Semester

Core/Optional

AR2100

Making Sense of Art: style, symbol and story

5

1

Core

CC2XX or

CCS306

Visualising Antiquity

 

Iconography: the Classical tradition in Western Art

5

2

Core

AR1102

Recording Monuments in the Landscape

5

1

Core

  • Learning Outcomes for Year Two

On completion of year two of the course students will demonstrate:

  • Knowledge of later prehistoric and early medieval art and iconography, as well as the techniques, evolution and history of art of this period.
  • Stylistic and semiotic literacy in relation to later prehistoric and early medieval European art.
  • Knowledge of the Classical ancestry of aspects of European art.
  • Competence in the recording of material culture.

Year Three of the course (where applicable)

  • Outline of Year Three

Module Code

Module Title

ECTS

Semester

Core/Optional

 

Vocational training

60

n/a

Core

  • Learning Outcomes for Year Three (Where year 3 has learning outcomes that relate to the minor subject)

Year Four of the Programme

  • Outline of Year Four

Module Code

Module Title

ECTS

Semester

Core/Optional

AR3100

Metal, Warfare and  Chiefdoms

5

1

Core

SG217

A Field of Gods and Men: Celtic mythology

5

2

Core

New

Cultural Transmission Project

5

1 & 2

Core

  • Learning Outcomes for Year Four

On completion of year four of the course students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate advanced critical knowledge of relevant ancient civilisations, the emergence of key social institutions and associated literary oeuvre and canon.
  • Consider critically social and political responses and adaptations to technological advancements.
  • Treat competently subjects and themes that rely on the integration of archaeological, literary, and artistic data.

Entry Requirements

Normal university entry requirements apply.

Further study opportunities

Allowing for the fact that this is a minor strand in a denominated degree programme, graduates of this strand will have training relevant to the masters programmes listed under the Major subject, as well as Celtic Studies, Celtic and Insular art and Heritage Stewardship studies.

Career opportunities for graduates

Allowing for the fact that this is a minor strand in a denominated degree programme, and that further training at Masters level is anticipated, graduates of this strand will have progressed towards careers in education, heritage stewardship and management, museology.

Programme Convenor

Conor Newman (School of Geography and Archaeology)