REGULATIONS GOVERNING THE DEGREE OF MASTER OF ARTS

FOLKLORE

Associate Professor and Head of the Department
M. Lovelace

The degree of Master of Arts in Folklore is offered by part-time and full-time study and is a combined course work and research degree. The program normally requires extensive fieldwork research in Newfoundland and/or the Maritimes.

Integral to the teaching of the Department of Folklore is work of the Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive see following section.

MASTER OF ARTS

1. Applicants may be admitted to the graduate program if they have an average of at least grade "B" in no fewer than 36 credit hours in Folklore or in any other discipline in the Humanities or Social Sciences.

2. The M.A. program will normally be completed within six consecutive semesters (i.e. a two-year period). The degree of Master of Arts in Folklore may be taken by course work and comprehensive examination or by course work and thesis. Both options are available to full-time and part-time students.

A) M.A. with thesis:

i) Students choosing to do the M.A. with thesis must normally complete a minimum of 24 credit hours plus a thesis. The required courses are:
a) 6010, 6020, and 6030, normally taken as an integrated foundation in the Fall semester.
b) At least one of the following: 6100, 6120, 6130, 6200, 6210, 6220, 6250, 6260, 6360, 6720.
c) At least one of the following: 6300, 6310, 6350, 6370, 6400, 6410, 6420, 6430.
d) Nine additional credit hours to be selected from courses in the groups listed above or from the other courses offered by the Department.

ii) A brief thesis pre-proposal, including a statement of topic, working title, plan of research, ethics statement, preliminary bibliography, and the name of a preferred Supervisor, shall be submitted no later than the end of the candidate’s second semester. A full proposal shall normally be submitted to the Department of Folklore at the end of the candidate’s fourth semester. Following approval of the thesis proposal and consultation with the candidate, the Supervisor and thesis topic will be recommended to the Dean.

B) M.A. without thesis:

i) Students choosing to do the M.A. without thesis must normally complete a minimum of 30 credit hours plus comprehensive examination. The required courses are:

a)     6010, 6020, and 6030, normally taken as an integrated foundation in the Fall semester.
b)     At least one of the following: 6100, 6120, 6130, 6200, 6210, 6220, 6250, 6260, 6360, 6720.
c)     At least one of the following: 6300, 6310, 6350, 6370, 6400, 6410, 6420, 6430.
d)     Fifteen additional credit hours to be selected from courses in the groups listed above or from the other courses offered by the Department.

ii) Each candidate selecting the M.A. without thesis option shall normally submit, by the end of the candidate’s second semester, written notification of intention to take comprehensives. Each candidate selecting the non-thesis option shall normally write the comprehensive examination at the end of the candidate’s fifth semester in the program. The comprehensive examination will be graded by a comprehensive examination committee appointed by the Dean of Graduate Studies on the recommendation of the Head of the Department, in accordance with GENERAL REGULATIONS governing the School of Graduate Studies.

COURSES

A selection of the following graduate courses will be offered to meet the requirements of candidates, normally after consultation with the Head of the Department or the Graduate Studies Administrator, and as far as the resources of the Department will allow. Courses are structured according to the categories of: Theories and Methods, Issues, Form and Performance, Special Topics, Regional, National and International Heritage, Social Identities, Public and Applied Folklore, Interdisciplinary Perspectives, and Required (Ph.D.):

Theories and Methods
6010. Survey of Folklore Genres and Processes
6020. Field and Research Methods
6030. Folklore Theories
6040. Feminist Theories: Perspectives and Issues
6080. Vernacular Theories
6090. Ethnology

Issues
6050. Issues in Folkloristics
6060. Issues in Folk Literature
6070. Issues in Folklife
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Form and Performance
6100. Song and Music
6120. Ballad
6130. Folk Music Canons and Documentary Sound Recordings
6200. Folktale
6210. Legend
6220. Personal Experience Narrative
6250. Language and Play
6260. Ethnography of Communications
6300. Ethnography of Belief
6310. Health Systems
6350. Custom
6360. Traditional Drama
6370. Ritual, Festival and Public Display
6400. Material Culture
6410. Vernacular Architecture
6420. Art and the Artifact
6430. Food and Culture
6720. Folklore and Literature

Special Topics
6511-29. Special Topics in Folklore
6550-69. Special Research in Folklore
6570-79. Reading Course in Folklore

Regional, National and International Heritage
6600. Folklore of Newfoundland
6610. Folklore of Canada
6620. Folklore of the United States
6630. Folklore of the British Isles
6640. Traditional Culture of Scotland
6650. Culture and Traditions of Ireland
6660. Folklore of the Francophone Regions
6690. International Folklore

Social Identities
6510. Occupational Folklife
6730. Folklore and Gender
6770. The Global and the Local
6780. Ethnicities

Public and Applied Folklore
6740. Public Sector Folklore
6760. Archiving
6790. Museums: Perspectives and Practices
6800. Applied Folklore

Interdisciplinary Perspectives
6700. Folklore and Culture
6710. Oral Tradition and Oral History
6750. Popular Culture: Theory and Debate

Required (Ph.D.)
7000. Advanced Folkloristics I
7100. Advanced Folkloristics II. Research and Ethnography.

Credit may not be obtained for both 6010 and the former 6110; 6020 and the former 6111; 6030 and the former 6112; 6100 and the former 6430; 6120 and the former 6445; 6300 and the former 6230; 6350 and the former 6230; 6400 and the former 6501; 6720 and the former 6460.


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