Current Course Offerings
SPRING 2014 ( UNDERGRADUATE )
Course Slot Room # Instructor
Folklore 1000-01 - 03 ED1002 Mr. Brent Augustus
Introduction to Folklore
Folklore 2100-01- 18 ED3048 Mr. Jeff Learning
Folklore Research Methods
|Folk 1000-01 Introduction to Folklore||03||ED3034A||Mr. Ben Staple|
|Folk 1000-02 Introduction to Folklore||04||ED4011||Mr. Mu Li|
|Folk 1000-03 Introduction to Folklore||05||ED2018A||Mr. Stephen Wall|
|Folk 1000-04 Introduction to Folklore||18||ED3034B||Ms. Cynthia Egan-Kiigemagi|
|Folk 1000-81 Introduction to Folklore||Distance|
|Folk 1000-82 Introduction to Folklore||Distance|
|Folk 2100-01 Folklore Research Methods||19||ED3048||Ms. Sarah Moore|
|Folk 2300-01 Newfoundland and Labrador Folklore||05||ED3048||Mr. Jeff Learning|
|Folk 2401-01 Folklife||04||ED3034B||Ms. Virginia Fugarino|
|Folk 3100-01 Folktale||03||ED3048||Dr. M. Lovelace|
|Folk 3200-01 Music, Song and Tradition||11||A1045||Dr. H. Everett|
|Folk 3460-01 Folklore and Literature||18||ED2003||Dr. M. Lovelace|
|Folk 3830-01 Foodways||12||ED4036||Dr. P. Smith|
|Folk 4480-01 Folklore and Oral History||07||ED4015||Dr. J. Gould|
|Folk 6100-01 Song and Music||63||ED4036||Dr. H. Everett|
|Folk 6430-01 Food and Culture||61||ED4036||Dr. P. Smith|
|Folk 6720-01 Folklore and Literature||64||ED4036||Dr. M. Lovelace|
|Folk 6730-01 Folklore and Gender||Tues. 9:30-12:30||ED4051||Dr. D. Tye|
|Folk 6740-01 Public Sector Folklore||
|ED4051||Dr. J. Gould|
|Folk 7100-01 Advanced Folkloristics II Research and Ethnography||Mon. 10:00-1:00||ED4051||Dr. J. Gould|
6100: Folksong -
This course addresses a basic question of generic identity: can the combination of linguistic and musical texts called folksong be considered an indentifiable type of music-culture?
6430: Food and Culture -
The term foodways embraces a variety of traditions which focus on dietary practices as well as the preparation and allocation of food.
This course will explore historical and contemporary approaches to the supply, storage, preparation and serving of food looking, from both a practical and theoretical perspective, at the whole range of cookery and food habits - from the acquisition of raw materials to the allocations of portions.
In terms of the acquisition of food, the course will explore the role of basic domestic food production, as well as the development of wholesale and retail markets and shops. In the area of food storage and preparation, the course will examine the effects which the development of "domestic technology" has had on traditional foodways.
6720: Folklore and Literature -
There have been many interrelations between folklore and literature through the centuries, but here the primary concern is with the way folklore has appeared as literature - in oral cultures - and has been utilised in works of written literature for a range of functions by writers of different centuries and cultures. A secondary, en passant, concern is with written literature as an ethnographic source for folkloric analysts. Study of this kind illuminates the manifold interactions of high culture and folk culture, an understanding of which is necessary for a balanced view of the past.
6730: Folklore and Gender -
Historically, folklorists have focused their studies on groups distinguished by ethnicity, region, political and economic boundaries. With the rise of feminist social scholarship there has been an increasing re-evaluation of the significance of gender in small group interaction and in the existing folklore research. Little attention has been paid to women performers and genres by folklorists who have been predominantly male in the past. Likewise, differences between all male group interaction, all female group interaction, and male female interaction has been neglected until quite recently. These new studies of women's folklore have yielded insights into the realm of men's folklore and into the ways in which the two domains contrast and complement each other.
6740: Public Sector Folklore -
A significant number of people who receive advanced degrees in folklore subsequently follow professional careers in public sector folklore. In surveying the literature and activities in this relatively new area of folklore studies, this course is designed to help graduate students prepare more fully for a professional career.
In order to achieve this goal, the course surveys the applications of folklore theories, research techniques and materials in the contexts of public service, benefit, education and/or development.
6780: Ethnicities -
This course will explore the multifaceted nature of ethnicity in Canada. Drawing on ethnographic and historical writing, students will examine how individuals of diverse ethnicities experience and interpret their everyday lives. We will consider how ethnicity intersects with other social and cultural variables such as gender, class, age and sexual orientation as well as how a group's experiences and strategies of adaptation have varied depending on time of immigration and place of settlement. A final focus of the course will be on public representations of group identities.
7100: Advanced Folkloristics II - Research and Ethnography
Folklorists have long focused their attention on the study of traditional texts and artifacts, treating both as static "items" whose primary domain is the past. In recent decades, however, this approach has given way to one which views folklore as enacted artistry, as process which achieves meaning in performances. Inquiry thus expands, outward from notions of the time-bound text to encompass artist and community, aesthetics and experience, tradition and vernacular style. This shift in parameters in turn opens up vast new areas of discourse, broadening folklore studies to include diverse realms of complex society. With these changes in scholarly paradigm come changes in methodology and research design, and a new focus on ethnography. This requires an integration of folklore studies with complementary work in anthropology, communications, linguistics, ethnomusicology, etc.......
This course will examine methods of research and ethnography from both a critical and a practical perspective. We will deal with the particular problems of adapting the methodology of other disciplines to the concerns of folklore and will consider the development of our own research methods. Together, we will discuss and apply a variety of methods appraising their usefulness in terms of what Karl Marx called, "the slow growth of empirical adequacy".