AD1051: Studying Folklore: The Sayings and Doings of Common People

Credit Weighting: 10
No. of Students: Min 20, Max 50.
Pre-requisite(s): None
Co-requisite(s): None
Teaching Period(s): Semesters 1 or 2 or 3. (semester details for this module will be confirmed at the start of the programme).
Teaching Methods: 12 x 3hr(s) Lectures; 1 x 4hr(s) Seminars; 1 x 8hr(s) Fieldwork; 152hr(s) Directed Study (self-directed learning)
Module Co-ordinator: Dr Séamus O Tuama, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Lecturer(s): Staff, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Module Objective: To introduce some of the main aspects of Irish folklore, as both subject and academic discipline. It will explore tradition by discussing examples from the main areas of folkore including popular customs, stories and beliefs.
Module Content: Key aspects of folklore, its background, festivals, lifecycle, storytelling, popular religion and the otherworld, popular culture.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Recognise the main areas in the study of folklore
  • Learn the concept of vernacular narrative
  • Understand underlying ideas of popular belief and ritual
  • Study and gain knowledge of material culture within popular culture
  • Recognise folklore in everyday life, past and present.
Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (1 x 1500 word essay, 100 marks; Literature and sources review, 1500 words, 100 marks).
Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.
Penalties (for late submission of course/project work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.
Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.
End of Year Written Examination Profile: No Formal Written Examination.
Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the Module Coordinator).

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