FACULTY OF ARTS

FOLKLORE COURSE LIST

In accordance with Senate's Policy Regarding Inactive Courses, courses which have not been offered in the previous three academic years and which are not scheduled to be offered in the current academic year have been removed from the following listing. For information about any of these inactive courses, please contact the Head of the Department.

1000. Introduction to Folklore. The role that tradition plays in communication, art and society will be discussed through an examination of folklore materials from Newfoundland and the English-speaking world. Readings and "listenings" will emphasize the use of folklore in context, e.g., the proverb in speech and the folksong in childrearing. Students will be urged to analyze the traditions in their own lives through special assignments. A student may not receive credit for both Folklore 1000 and 2000*.

* Inactive Course

1050. Folklore Studies. An examination of specific folklore studies illustrating important themes and approaches in folkloristics. These will include antiquarian, nationalistic, diffusionist, historic-contextual, functional, structural, and performance analyses as typified in selected readings from the works of leading folklorists.
NOTE: There is no prerequisite for this course. However, students should note that they will need to take Folklore 1000 (or 2000*) before they can advance to other courses.

* Inactive Course

1060. Folklore and Culture. An introduction to traditional expressive behaviour as cultural experience. Readings and lectures will explore the various meanings of "culture" from interdisciplinary perspectives and link the development of theoretical approaches to culture (evolutionary, materialist, particularist, psychological, semiotic, dramaturgic) to specific folkloric phenomena. Illustrations will derive primarily from children's folklore, material culture, and occupational folklife.
NOTE: There is no prerequisite for this course. However, students should note that they will need to take Folklore 1000 (or 2000*) before they can advance to other courses.

* Inactive Course

2100. Folklore Research Methods - An Introduction. This course is designed to provide the basic introduction to the research resources, tools and methods regularly employed in the area of Folklore. On the one hand, the course will examine what types of Library and Archive resources can be useful to the folklorist and, on the other hand, it will explore how folklorists in fieldwork situations should handle people, and how they can capture for posterity a record of the interviews that they have conducted and the events that they have observed. This course qualifies as a Research/Writing course.
NOTE: It is strongly recommended that majors and minors take this course before taking 3000 and 4000 level courses.

2230. Newfoundland Society and Culture. (Same as Sociology/Anthropology 2230.)

2300. Newfoundland Folklore. (Same as Anthropology 2300.) A survey of the various types of Folklore: tale, song, rhyme, riddle, proverb, belief, custom, childlore and others, with stress on their function in the Newfoundland community culture. Individual collection and analysis of materials from the students' home communities, supplemented by data from the M.U.N. Folklore and Language Archive.
Prerequisite: Folklore 1000 or 2000*, or Anthropology 1031.
NOTE: Credit may not be obtained for both Folklore 2300 and the former Folklore 3420.

* Inactive Course

2500. Folk Literature. (Same as Anthropology 2500.) An examination of the major genres of folk literature: folk narrative, folk poetry and song, folk drama, and the traditional generic forms within folk speech. An introduction to the textual, comparative and contextual methods of analysis. The literature discussed will be international in scope.
Prerequisite: Folklore 1000 or 2000*, or Anthropology 1031.
NOTE: Credit may not be obtained for both Folklore 2500 and any of the former Folklore 3400, English 3400, Sociology/Anthropology 3400.

* Inactive Course

3001. Art, Architecture and Medieval Life. (Same as Medieval Studies 3001, History 3020, Anthropology 3589). An examination of the development of medieval art and architecture and of the ways in which they mirror various aspects of life in the Middle Ages. This course will include a discussion of art and architecture in the countryside, in the town, in the castle, in the cathedral and in the cloister.
NOTE: It is recommended, but not obligatory, that students should have successfully completed one of the following courses: Anthropology 2480, Folklore 1000 or 2000*, History 2320/MST 2001, History 2330/MST 2002, MST 2000.

* Inactive Course

3100. Folktale. A study of oral fictional folk narrative, including animal tale, Märchen, jest, formula tale and related forms. Special attention to European and American texts and scholarship. Extensive reading, oral and written reports. Collecting of Newfoundland texts will be encouraged.
NOTE: Credit may not be obtained for both Folklore 3100 and the former Folklore 4200.

3130. Greek and Roman Mythology. (Same as Classics 3130.)

3200. Folksong. (Same as Music 3017.) An introduction to the full range of traditional verse, song and music. Stress primarily on the songs of Canada, the United States and the British Isles, with attention to Newfoundland parallels. Examination of traditional vocal and instrumental styles as well as verse forms. Some reference to non-Western musical traditions. A knowledge of music is not a prerequisite.
NOTE: Credit may not be obtained for both Folklore 3200/Music 3017 and the former Folklore 2430.

3250. The Ballad. An examination of one of the major genres of international folk literature. Concerns include a taxonomic exploration of the sub-genres (tragic, comic, romantic, belief, historical, religious, riddling, and medieval minstrelsy ballads), and such topics as transmission, function, context, and aesthetics. Similarities and dissimilarities in the methodologies for dealing with written literature and the literature of tradition will also be considered.
NOTE: Credit may not be obtained for both Folklore 3250 and the former Folklore 4445.

3460. Folklore and Literature. (Same as English 3460.) This course will examine the interrelationships among folklore forms and literary genres, the influence of oral traditions on written literatures, and consider the theoretical issues raised by these interrelationships. The primary emphasis will be on the interpretation of literature from the perspective of folk tradition. Extensive reading, oral and written reports will be required.
NOTE: Credit may not be obtained for both Folklore/English 3460 and the former Folklore/English 4450.

3591. Collections Management. (Same as Anthropology 3591). This course will introduce students to the problems of collections storage with respect to environment, materials and artifact access. Students will become familiar with the materials encountered in archaeological and ethnographic collections. The storage of specific historic and prehistoric collections from Newfoundland and Labrador will be examined with the purpose of providing practical examples of methodology.

3601-3620 excluding 3606 and 3618. Special Topic in Folklore.

3606. Folklore and the Supernatural. By examining patterns of belief and the features of supernatural folklore, this course attempts to understand the nature of surviving and declining tradition. The course focuses on the phenomenological features of supernatural traditions; explanatory frameworks and their internal logic; means of developing and maintaining belief; functions and structures of belief traditions; and relationships between genres of belief. The general approach of this course is ethnographic, focusing on the ethnography of belief systems.

3618. Jazz and Blues: The Roots of Popular Music (Same as Music 3018). An overview of blues and jazz as traditional musical forms. Lectures and listening will illustrate the development of regional music cultures and generic styles. To better understand the shift of blues and jazz from regional to global performance contexts, the course will examine the effects of changing transmissional media, from predominantly sensory media through contemporary media technologies. A term paper concerning musical style will entail library research and aural analysis.

3700. Museums and Historic Sites. (Same as Anthropology 3710). An introduction to museums and historic sites, their work, and their role in societies past and present. Various types of museums and historic sites will be discussed using local, national and international examples, looking at their collections and exhibitions policies. Practical issues will also be discussed; these include museum exhibit display techniques, public programming, virtual museums, and the museum profession.

3710-3729. Special Topics in Folklore (available only as part of the Harlow Campus Semester).

3800*. Fieldwork in Vernacular Architecture: Drawings and Photography. (Same as Anthropology 3800). This course will provide the technical background required for documenting vernacular architecture, with an emphasis on drawings, photography, and computer simulations. A group fieldwork project will involve using both computer and mechanical methods of recording, and usually focus on the documentation of St. John's buildings.

* Inactive Course

3820. Folk Custom. This course provides an introduction to the study of the forms of British, European, and North American folk custom. Issues for discussion will include the diffusion, functions, maintenance and invention of calendar, seasonal, occupational, and life-cycle customs. As such, we will review much of the new scholarship which has shifted folkloristic attention from origins of customs to the analysis of custom as symbolic behaviour. Current work on the study of custom has examined, for example, the legitimation of class interests via traditional customs, the play of metaphor in festivals, and the symbolic statement of social obligations through life-cycle ritual.
NOTE: Credit may not be obtained for both Folklore 3820 and the former Folklore 3600.

3830. Foodways. The term foodways embraces a variety of traditions which focus on dietary practices as well as the preparation and allocation of food. As an introduction to foodways, the course will begin by looking at a variety of regional foods. In addition, both historical and contemporary approaches to the supply, storage, preparation and serving of food will be considered. In fact, we will be looking, from both practical and theoretical perspectives, at the whole range of cookery and food habits - from the acquisition of raw materials to the allocation of portions.

3850. Material Culture. (Same as Anthropology 3850.) An examination of various interpretive theories of objects as cultural products. Problems of defining the artifact will be discussed, as well as the strengths and limitations of using objects in historical and ethnographic research. Questions discussed include form, design, decoration, diffusion, and the role of the creator of the object. Besides folkloristic work on material culture, a variety of interdisciplinary approaches will be considered. Emphasis will be on the material folk culture of Newfoundland and its European antecedents.

3860. Vernacular Architecture. (Same as Anthropology 3860 and History 3860.) A historical survey of vernacular architectural forms in various regions of North America, with attention to Newfoundland materials. Issues discussed include the relationship of house form and culture, the concepts of antecedents, diffusion, innovation and evolution of building forms and technologies, and the siting of buildings in the landscape. Dwelling houses, outbuildings, churches and industrial vernacular architecture will be included.

3900. Newfoundland Vernacular Furnishings. An introduction to the furnishings of the Newfoundland domestic interior, involving case studies from public and private collections. The focus of the course will be on furniture, looking at both urban and outport forms. The cultural context of typical furnishings will be discussed, as well as details of furniture form and construction. While furniture will be emphasized, other objects of domestic material culture may be included: glass, ceramics, metalware and textiles.

3910. Occupational Folklife. Readings, lectures, and directed fieldwork aimed at identifying, documenting, and analyzing the role of tradition in contemporary occupational groups and work settings. Interdisciplinary theoretical perspectives on the nature of work and the characteristics of traditional, industrial and service occupations will be examined. Major topics of study will include work techniques, the uses of verbal and non-verbal codes, alienation, defensive behaviour, and labourlore.

3930. Folklore and Popular Culture. An examination of the transitional processes involved in the development of folk societies to mass cultures with regard to folklore and the products of popular culture. In addition, sensory and technological media theories will be scrutinized and evaluated in conjunction with cultural comparisons of the qualities and functions of: folksong, disc recordings and the radio; folktales, television melodrama and popular film; folk art and popular "techno-art" forms.
NOTE: Credit may not be obtained for both Folklore 3930 and the former Folklore 2400.

3940. Folklore in Medieval Society. (Same as Medieval Studies 3002). An examination of selected aspects of medieval society which both develop earlier features of western culture and evolve into recognisable modern forms. These aspects may include such topics as legend and folktale, folksong and ballad, custom, belief, folk speech, drama, games and recreations, material culture and vernacular architecture.

3950. Women and Traditional Culture. An introduction to the ways in which women shape and/or are shaped by traditional culture. Readings and lectures will explore roles and contributions of women as folklore collectors, examine representations of women in folklore forms, and analyze women's creation of their own traditions.

4015. Cultural Resource Management. (Same as Anthropology 4015 and Geography 4015). This course is a study of cultural resource management: the definition and recognition of cultural resources, the application of policy in managing cultural resources, and the identification and consideration of contemporary issues in cultural resource management.
Three hours of lecture and three hours of seminar per week.

4300. Folklore of Canada. An examination of a variety of Canadian folklore from historical, geographical and cultural perspectives. Emphasis will be placed upon the application of theories of Canadian culture to folklore studies. Questions of the role of folklore and folklife with respect to identity, ethnicity, multiculturalism, national literature, regionalism and similar issues will be considered.
NOTE: Credit may not be obtained for both Folklore 4300 and the former Folklore 1020.

4310. Studies in Newfoundland Folklore. Studies of rural and urban Newfoundland with specific reference to a culture in transition. Folklore is examined as one of the channels through which a people maintain, change and adapt various cultural patterns. The course will include field trips when feasible.
Prerequisite: Folklore 2300.
NOTE: Credit may not be obtained for both Folklore 4310 and the former Folklore 3421.

4370. Culture and Traditions of Ireland. (Same as Anthropology 4370). An examination of the culture and traditions of Ireland through an interdisciplinary approach; historical, geographical, cultural and literary factors will be considered. Emphasis will be on the contemporary scene.
NOTE: Credit may not be obtained for both Folklore 4370 and the former Folklore 4351.

4440. Music and Culture. (Same as Anthropology 4440 and Music 4440.) Traditional music as an aspect of human behaviour in Western and non-European cultures. Examination of the functions and uses of music; folk-popular-art music distinctions; and the relation of style to content. Outside reading, class exercises and individual reports will be required.

4460. Folk Religion. (Same as Religious Studies 4460.) An examination of folk responses to organized religion, surveying the religious forms and interpretations not specifically delineated by Theology. Areas of focus include: folk religious concepts of space and time; religion and healing; witchcraft and the devil; religious folk art and music; religious verbal art; the role and power of the holy person; the saint system; and community social activities sponsored by the church. A discussion of some current popular religious movements will also be included. Attention will be given to material in the MUN Folklore and Language Archive, and research based on field data will be encouraged.
NOTE: Credit may not be obtained for both Folklore 4460 and the former Folklore 4240.

4480. Folklore and Oral History. (Same as History 4480.) This seminar deals with the uses of oral sources, particularly those which have a traditional dimension, for the study of history. It will discuss the methods developed by Vansina, Dorson and others for evaluating the historical meaning of oral traditions in literate and non-literate cultures. The uses of oral testimony in the study of traditional modes of life and work such as fishing and farming will be considered. The use of oral traditions in the study of social and political history will also be discussed.

4500-4520. Special Topic in Folklore.

4600-4615. Special Research in Folklore.

4700-4715. Directed Reading Course.

400X. Folklore in the Community Context. A fifteen credit hour program of work open only to Honours students in Folklore.
Students will collect traditional material and analyze folkloric behaviour in a community setting. Each student will live and conduct field research in a small community in Newfoundland (or in one of the other Atlantic Provinces) for a minimum period of ten weeks. Before leaving for the community, the choice of which must be approved by the Department, the student will be assigned a supervisor by the Department, and in consultation with the supervisor will develop a proposed fieldwork project. The student will present reports to the supervisor during and upon the completion of the period of fieldwork. All original field data will be deposited in the MUN Folklore and Language Archive.
Included in the 400X program is the Honours dissertation for which three of the fifteen credit hours is awarded and which must be completed before the course is concluded. The dissertation must be a well-organized presentation and analysis of field data, including collectanea, descriptions of folkloric behaviour, and the biographies of major informants secured by interviews.

4998. Honours Comprehensive Examination. This may be written or oral, or a combination of both (3 credit hours).

4999. Honours Essay. (3 credit hours).


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