Undergraduate Course offerings in Folk Studies
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SUPERNATURAL FOLKLORE FLK 275 3 credits
An investigation of traditional beliefs concerning unverifiable phenomena, including superstition, traditional healing, divination, and witchcraft. Current historical, philosophical, anthropological and folkloristic theories are covered.
INTRO FOLK STUDIES FLK 276 3 credits
An introduction to the study of folk tradition in different contexts, focusing on the concepts of folk group, cultural relativism, fieldwork, meaning and function, and the genres of folk narrative, folksong, folk custom and traditional material culture.
INTRO TO WORLD FOLK MUSIC FLK 277 3 credits
A cultural and functional analysis of traditional musical genres developed in world areas: Africa, America, Asia, Europe and Oceania. Emphasis will be placed on musical styles, performance practices, aesthetics, and instruments. Cross-listed with ANTH 277.
CULTURAL DIVERSITY IN US FLK 280 3 credits
Understanding, interpretation and appreciation of the multicultural nature of American society. Emphasis on the varieties of cultural expression, custom and world view practiced by regional, ethnic, racial and sectarian cultures.
ROOTS OF SOUTHERN CULTURE FLK 281 3 credits
Examination of Southern folklore and folklife as part of the foundation of contemporary Southern culture.
CULTURAL CONNECTIONS AND DIVERSITY FLK 330 3 credits
Service learning course that examines the diversity of American culture and engages students in activities to develop skills in working with a variety of cultural groups.
PEOPLES AND CULTURES OF LATIN AMERICA FLK 340 3 credits
Study of the history and development of present cultures in Latin America with emphasis on economics, politics, religion, folklife and world view of indigenous, peasant and urban peoples. Cross-listed with ANTH 340.
PEOPLES AND CULTURES OF ASIA FLK 341 3 credits
Study of the cultures of South, East and Southeast Asia with emphasis on origins, prehistoric and historic migrations, ecology, and subsistence patterns, and the origin and evolution of the major civilizations of India, China, Japan and Vietnam. Topics include kinship and the family, religion, social organization, gender, economy, colonialism and independence, globalization and development, and maintenance of traditions in modern contexts. Cross-listed with ANTH 341.
PEOPLES AND CULTURES OF THE CARIBBEAN FLK 342 3 credits
Examination of the variety of cultural practices and social conditions found in modern-day Caribbean societies with attention to historical roots. Topics include, but are not limited to, definition of the region, religious practices, festivals, musical traditions, migration and everyday social life and conditions. Cross-listed with ANTH 342.
PEOPLES AND CULTURES OF NATIVE NORTH AMERICA FLK 345 3 credits
Survey of the cultures of the original peoples of North America, with emphasis on the ethnographic present. Cross-listed with ANTH 345.
PEOPLES AND CULTURES OF AFRICA FLK 350 3 credits
Survey of the cultures of Africa, with emphasis on historical development and contemporary cultural diversity. Cross-listed with ANTH 350.
URBAN FOLKLORE FLK 371 3 credits
Varieties and characteristics of urban American folklore with emphasis on legends, customs, beliefs, and other lore of today's regional, occupational, and ethnic groups.
FOLKLORE AND THE MEDIA FLK 373 3 credits
Examines contemporary forms of folklore; popular culture and mass and electronic media, the ways they interact, the complex ways they shape communication and creativity, ways that folk communities form around mass culture (e.g., fan cultures and gamers) and on the internet, and such issues as ideology, corporate or government dominance of the media, representation of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, social class, and other hot topics.
AFRICAN-AMERICAN FOLKLORE FLK 377 3 credits
Oral, written, and material folk traditions of African-Americans, with emphasis on the United States and the Caribbean.
SOUTHERN APPALACHIAN FOLKLORE FLK 378 3 credits
Folklife of southern Appalachia, as reflected in the material folk culture, in traditional folk customs and practices, legends, anecdotes, songs, language, and literature. Cross-listed with ANTH 378.
TOPICS IN FOLKLORE FLK 379 3 credits
A consideration of special topics to acquaint students with significant problems and current issues in folklore. Content will vary from time to time according to the instructor and the needs of the students.
FOODWAYS FLK 388 3 credits
An exploration of the role of food in culture with particular emphasis on on ethnographic approaches to food traditions.
FIELD METHODS IN ETHNOGRAPHY FLK 399 3 credits
An examination of the history, theory, techniques, and ethics of ethnographic fieldwork, including practical fieldwork experience. Cross-listed with ANTH 399.
ETHNOMUSICOLOGY FLK 400 3 credits
Survey of the concepts and methods of ethnomusicology. Topics include history of ethnomusicology, transcription and analysis, musicians, musical instruments, music acculturation, and the functions of music in society. Cross-listed with ANTH 400.
AFRICAN-AMERICAN MUSIC FLK 410 3 credits
A survey of selected musical styles created and developed by African-Americans from the 17th to the 20th century: spirituals, blues, popular music forms (e.g. soul, reggae, rap music). Emphasis will be placed on the historical factors and socio-cultural trends that influenced the development of African-American music. Cross-listed with ANTH 410.
HISTORIC PRESERVATION FLK 434 3 credits
(See Department of Geography and Geology.)
AMERICAN ARCHITECTURAL HISTORY FLK 445 3 credits
An interdisciplinary survey of American architectural history, including trends and styles, architect designed and manufactured structures and elements, and the social history of American architecture.
FOLKLORE AND MEDICINE FLK 462 3 credits
This course examines the role of traditional culture in shaping attitudes and behavior related to sickness, health, and healing. Institutional, alternative, and informal medical settings are discussed. (cross-listed with Public Health, PH 462.)
VERNACULAR ARCHITECTURE FLK 464 3 credits
The forms, functions, and styles of buildings constructed according to custom from local materials to meet individual and cultural preferences.
MUSEUM PROC/PRESERVATION TECH FLK 470 3 credits
Essential aspects of museums and of preservation, i.e., collecting, preserving, researching, exhibiting, and interpreting material culture. Cross-listed with ANTH 470.
FOLK ART/TECHNOLOGY FLK 477 3 credits
Folklife research in selected world culture groups, with emphasis on folk crafts, technology, and architecture in the United States prior to their absorption into industrialization. Special reference to northwest European antecedents, sources, and parallels. Cross-listed with ANTH 477.
FOLKLORE AND LITERATURE FLK 478 3 credits
Takes an interdisciplinary focus on the relationship between folklore, literature and film. Considers folklore as literature, and at the uses and transformations of various kinds of folklore in literature.
INDEPENDENT STUDY FOLKLORE FLK 479 3 credits
Supervised individual study directed by a member of the Folk Studies faculty. (course pass required)
WOMEN'S FOLKLIFE FLK 480 3 credits
The various images and roles of women in the U.S. and selected world cultures as reflected in folklife materials such as narratives, beliefs, ballads, rhymes, games, customs, and folk arts.
INTERNSHIP IN FOLK STUDIES FLK 489 3 credits
Practical out-of-classroom experience in a supervised work situation with a cooperating business, industry, social or governmental agency emphasizing application of advanced knowledge and skills in folk studies. (course pass required).
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