Early Start Semester in Irish Folklore and Tradition

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Course Code: IO

Course Title: Early Start Semester in Irish Folklore and Tradition

Subject Title: Early Start Folklore

College: International Education Office

Early Start Semester in Irish Folklore and Tradition

Duration: Three week pre-session course running from 22nd August to Friday 9th September 2016. Following completion, students will continue with the normal Aut

Teaching Mode: Full-time

Lectures, seminars, field-trips

Qualifications: N/A

NFQ Level: N/A

Costs: €8,250 Minor costs may be incurred for snacks or meals on field-trip(s)

Entry Requirements: The minimum grade point average (GPA) requirement for admission to the program is normally 3.0 out of 4.0

Entry Points: N/A

Closing Date: 16th June 2017

Next Intake: 21st August 2017


Folklore is often understood as a hallmark of Irish culture, and the Department of Folklore at UCC is ideally placed to offer unique perspectives and insights into Irish life, popular culture, and traditions. It is one of only two such departments in Ireland. Folklore has a special place in the formation of Irish consciousness, literature and culture in general. The main difference between folklore and other fields is that folklore places ordinary life at the very centre of its interests. This cannot be accessed in other disciplines that study life from more distant or documentary perspectives. Years of experience in teaching and conducting original research into Irish life, traditions and folklore has made the Early Start Semester in Irish Folklore one of the most popular courses of its kind on offer and has led to the provision of a rich and rewarding Early Start Semester. 

Course Details

The Early Start Semester in Irish Folklore and Tradition offers an opportunity to students to begin the study of everyday life in Ireland, in all of its rich diversity and vast range of cultural expressions. Folklore, like its synonym popular culture, makes a study of everyday life, and represents the folkloric expressions of both past and present alike. It studies life from the bottom up, looking at how people lived their day-to-day lives – their houses, technologies, stories, rituals, beliefs, religion and cosmological understandings.

Students will explore key aspects of the study of folklore including:

  • Oral Literature
  • Narrative and Story
  • Popular Religion
  • Belief
  • Healing
  • Festivals
  • Popular Material Culture.

Application Procedure

Application available to download at:  

Course Practicalities

For the three-week course, we incorporate three to four day-lectures per week from 9.30-12.30pm. The course incorporates field-trip(s ) whenever possible or practicable. A field-trip may last from one day to several days.


In-class assessments and/or continuous assessments throughout.

Who Teaches This Course

Staff of the Department of Folklore and/or invited guest speakers and lecturers.

Further Contact Information

Dr Shane Lehane

Course Coordinator

E: slehane@ucc.ie

T: +353 (0)21 490 3935


Contact us

E: Shane Lehane

P: +353 (0)21 490 3935
W: Website

Related Courses:

Students may be interested in progressing to the Department’s various folklore modules offered during the academic year for undergraduates and visiting students.
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