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MA Co-op Work Term Final Report Guidelines

1. Purpose

The final work term report is to be an analytic reflection on your work term experience.

Your report should address four questions:

i. What did you do?

ii. What key issues relevant to the field of Public Folklore arose during your work term?

iii. How does contemporary scholarship in Public Folklore elucidate these issues?

iv. What can others interested in Public Folklore scholarship learn from your experience?

2. Format

Your report should consist of two parts.

The first section provides a description of your work placement: context of the placement, work assigned, folkloristic skills required and developed, and any other discussion of the work.

The second section problematizes some aspect(s) of your work term.

Your analysis must address concepts relevant to current Public Folklore scholarship. Your discussion should draw on readings encountered in your coursework. These works should include, but not be limited to:

Baron, Robert and Nick Spitzer, ed. 2007. Public Folklore.Jackson: University of Mississippi Press.

Feintuch, Burt. 1988. The Conservation of Culture. Folklorists and the Public Sector. Lexington, Kentucky: University of Kentucky Press.

Hufford, Mary, ed. 1994. Conserving Culture. A New Discourse on Heritage. Urbana: University of Illinois.

Wells, Patricia Atkinson, ed. 2006. “Working for and With the Folk: Public Folklore in the Twenty-first Century.” Special issue of Journal of American Folklore 119 (Winter).

It should be at least 20 pages, double spaced and be of professional quality, appropriate for publication or inclusion in a professional portfolio.

Your report does not require ethics approval but please be careful to follow the spirit of the Tri-Council guidelines on conducting research with human subjects. Do not include confidential information and provide anonymity if appropriate.

3. Process

Students should identify their academic supervisor within the first month of their work term placement.

By the end of the first month they should submit to Rebecca ( who will forward it to their academic supervisor ), a one page proposal with one page bibliography for their work term report.

Your report is due on the final day of classes of the work term semester.

It should be submitted to the faculty member in the department who is your academic supervisor. S/he will evaluate the report in consultation with the Co-op Education Co-ordinator.

Each report will receive a grade of Pass, Fail, or Pass with Distinction.

A successful report will include a clearly written, detailed description of the work place experience as well as thoughtful analysis that integrates aspects of the practical experience with issues arising in contemporary scholarship on public folklore. It effectively relates one or more concepts or issues to arise in the work place to theoretical issues in Public Folklore scholarship. The report may or may not include recommendations.

A report that achieves excellence in all areas, will be awarded a grade of Pass with Distinction.

Model copies of the co-operative work term reports may be consulted in the Department office.

 

(Prepared by the Public Folklore Committee February 7, 2012)

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