2020-2021 Catalog 
    
    Jul 10, 2020  
2020-2021 Catalog

HUM 248 - Introduction to Folklore


Description: A cross-cultural introduction to the study of folklore. Focuses on the ways individuals and groups use artistic expression in everyday life - including storytelling, beliefs, songs, speech, dance, celebrations and artifacts - to address issues of identity, community, and tradition. 

Prerequisites: ENG 101  or ENG 103 . Reading Proficiency.

Credits: 3
Lecture: 3
Course Content:
  1. Definition of folklore and examination of folkloric behavior and artifacts around the world
  2. Genres of folklore in narrative, speech, belief, performance and art
  3. Folklore theories and scholarship
  4. Methods of folklore investigation, including fieldwork
  5. Use of artistic expression in establishing individual and group identity, authenticity and authority
  6. Stability and change in tradition

Learning Outcomes:
  1. Distinguish folkloric behavior and artifacts from other aspects of human culture. (1, 2)
  2. Identify and associate specific examples of folklore with cross-cultural categories of human social behavior. (1-3, 5, 6) 
  3. Justify the value of fieldwork in investigating human behavior. (3, 4) 
  4. Document and interpret the presence of folklore in everyday life. (1-6) 
  5. Describe and interpret the twin processes of conservation and change in the creation and transmission of folklore. (3, 6)

Required Assessment:
  1. Demonstrate thoughtful and precise writing skills by completing at least 2500 words of monitored writing.