Completion of Philology 2 or comparable course.
This course elaborates on Philology 2. Students read, study, translate and discuss a number of literary and non-literary texts in combination with background literature. In doing so, students will acquire a deeper insight into a broad range of aspects of the Anglo-Saxon culture which has not yet, or only cursorily, been studied. Subject of discussion includes feuding and reconciliation, hero and/or saint, fact or propaganda, the material culture (archeology and paleography), orality and literacy.
thorough knowledge of the highlights of Old English literature (prose and poetry) and of the relevant cultural history of Anglo-Saxon England
familiarity of the various genres and methods of interpretation
proficiency in translating Old English at an advanced level.
Successful completion of the course will enable the student to write a B.A. paper on an Old English subject and to follow a course in Old English at the M.A. level.
The timetable is available on the BA English website
Mode of instruction
10 EC = 280 hours.
hours spent on attending lectures and seminars: 26 hours.
time for studying the compulsory literature: 140 hours.
time to prepare for the exam: 54 hours.
time to write a paper (including reading / research): 60 hours
A 3-hour written exam, with a translation, short open questions and essay questions.
Two ‘blended learning’ assignments
An essay of 1,500 words
A 3-hour written exam, with a translation, short open questions and essay questions: 70%
Two ‘blended learning’ assignments: 10% + 5%
An essay of 1,500 words: 15%
When the final grade is 5.49 or lower, the exam will have to be retaken during the resit period. There are no resits for the essay and the ‘blended learning’ assignments.
Attendance is compulsory. Missing more than two tutorials means that students will be excluded from the tutorials. Unauthorized absence also applies to being unprepared, not participating and/or not bringing the relevant course materials to class.
Inspection and feedback
How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.
Blackboard will be used to provide the students with the weekly syllabus, extra information and a sample test. It will also include a discussion board.
Baker, Peter (2012). Introduction to Old English. 3rd edn. Wiley-Blackwell.
Treharne, Elaine (2009). Old and Middle English c.890–c.1400: An Anthology. 3rd edn. Blackwell.
Godden, Malcolm & Lapidge, Michael (2013). The Cambridge Companion to Old English Literature. 2nd edn. Cambridge University Press.
Campbell, James (1991). The Anglo-Saxons. Penguin.
Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available on the website
NB: First year students will be enrolled by the coordinator of studies.
Students other than from the BA English language and culture cannot take this course.
Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs
Please contact Student administration van Eyckhof for questions.
The coordinator of studies is Else van Dijk