This course is discontinued

MAS4160 – Language and Settlement in England, ca. 400-1200 A.D.

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Course content

An introductory course which examines the various colonisations of that part of Britain which became England, from the late Romano-British period into the Anglo-Norman era; the story is dominated by the Anglo-Saxon and Norse settlements, and the Norman Conquest, but Frisian and Flemish also enter the narrative, which will of necessity consider other parts of the British Isles. The course will examine texts, the evidence of place-names, and to some extent archaeological evidence; source criticism will be an important part of the survey.

Learning outcome

Students should gain a basic knowledge of England’s unusually diverse cultural and linguistic history, the insular development of successive immigrations from the Continent and Scandinavia. The course will give a practical introduction to the use of diverse historical sources, and consider how the forms of language themselves may be used as historical evidence.


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Recommended previous knowledge

The course assumes a good proficiency in written and oral English.


Teaching continues for the whole semester, 2 hours per week for 14 weeks, 28 hours in all. All teaching and examination will be conducted in English. There is a mid-term break (one week in autumn term, two weeks in spring term) during which the students are expected to prepare obligatory assignments and otherwise study on their own.


Students are required to deliver a term paper of ca. 10 standard pages (á 2300 keystrokes, excluding spaces). The first draft is to be delivered after the reading week(s). The draft will be assessed by the teacher, and a final version is to be delivered ca. 2 weeks after teaching ends. Evaluation will be based on the term paper.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

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Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

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The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course






The course has changed its code to ENG4160 – Language and Settlement in Britain, ca. 200-1000 A.D (discontinued).


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