Sep 23, 2023
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.
- Definition of folklore and examination of folkloric behavior and artifacts around the world
- Genres of folklore in narrative, speech, belief, performance and art
- Folklore theories and scholarship
- Methods of folklore investigation, including fieldwork
- Use of artistic expression in establishing individual and group identity, authenticity and authority
- Stability and change in tradition
- Distinguish folkloric behavior and artifacts from other aspects of human culture. (1, 2)
- Identify and associate specific examples of folklore with cross-cultural categories of human social behavior. (1-3, 5, 6)
- Justify the value of fieldwork in investigating human behavior. (3, 4)
- Document and interpret the presence of folklore in everyday life. (1-6)
- Describe and interpret the twin processes of conservation and change in the creation and transmission of folklore. (3, 6)
- Demonstrate thoughtful and precise writing skills by completing at least 2500 words of monitored writing.