FL6802: Food, festival and folklore

Credit Weighting: 5
No. of Students: Min 13, Max 40.
Pre-requisite(s): None
Co-requisite(s): None
Teaching Period(s): Semesters 1 or 2 or 3. (Semester details will be confirmed at the start of the programme).
Teaching Methods: 6 x 3hr(s) Lectures (and guest lectures); 2 x 3hr(s) Seminars; 100hr(s) Directed Study (self-directed study)
Module Co-ordinator: Dr Stiofán Ó Cadhla, Roinn An Bhéaloidis.
Lecturer(s): Staff, Roinn An Bhéaloidis.
Module Objective: The exploration of the fundamental relationship between the feast, food and the festival calendar and time, to look at the diverse expressions of food and food in its diverse expressions, use and value in Irish vernacular culture.
Module Content: Folklore, food, ritual behaviour and expressions in Ireland and Europe from Early Modern to modern period. The main focus is on key aspects such as rituals, celebrations and other significant events in the lifecycle (wakes, weddings) as well as in the annual cycle (festivals, patterns, pilgrimages, fairs). It will discuss various examples and locate food in an ethnographic and popular culture context. Deeper and broader understanding of time in human life and culture expressions.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Explain the key themes, theories and methods used in folklore scholarship of food.
  • Discuss why food is integral to the study of recurrent patterns of material and non-material cultures.
  • Connect food with the key activities and elements of rural and urban social life.
  • Analyse the use of food in the context of vernacular temporality.
  • Examine the significance and various meanings of food in the contexts of celebration and ritual.
  • Evaluate how the concept of traditional Irish food is treated in popular discourses.
Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (1 x 2,500 word essay (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, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% 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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