Folklore - Irish Folklore
The Higher Diploma in Folklore gives you the opportunity to study everyday life in Ireland, in all of its rich diversity and its vast range of cultural expressions. Folklore, like its synonym popular culture, makes a study of everyday life, both past and present. Quite simply, it studies life by looking at how people lived their day-to-day lives: their houses, technologies, stories, rituals, beliefs, religion and cosmological understandings.
Folklore has a special place in the formation of Irish consciousness, in literature, and is one of the most important hallmarks of Irish culture. The Department of Folklore at UCC is ideally placed to offer unique insights into Irish life, popular culture and traditions. It is one of only two such departments in Ireland.
The study of ordinary life is at the heart of the Higher Diploma in Folklore. Years of experience in teaching and conducting original research into Irish life, traditions and folklore make the Department of Folklore and Ethnology the ideal place to study these aspects of Irish life, and make participating in the Higher Diploma in Folklore a rich and rewarding experience.
By studying for a Higher Diploma in Folklore, you will cover key topics including:
oral literature (e.g. narrative, story, and song)
popular religion (e.g. belief, healing, festivals)
popular material culture (e.g. vernacular housing, and technologies past and present).
Who teaches this course
Staff of the Department of Folklore and occasional guest speakers.
Why Choose This Course
There are only two university departments in Ireland that teach and research Irish folklore as an academic subject, making the Department of Folklore at UCC a leader in its field. The discipline itself is unique in making everyday life, traditions, beliefs and popular behaviour the actual focus of its attention. No other discipline can provide the insight or the perspective on Irish life and traditions that folklore does.
It is intended for those who already have a 3 or 4 year primary degree, preferably in the area of Arts or the Sciences, and who wish to study the subject Folklore intensively over one academic year. The Higher Diploma in Arts is a conversion programme and applicants would not normally have studied the relevant subject to Honours Degree level previously.
English Language Requirements
Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements available here.
For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland
Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements, please find our grades comparison by country here.
For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students. In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.
Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants.
For more information please contact the International Office.
Assessment is carried out through a combination of continuous assessment, written assignments, and end-of-year examinations.
This course will give you the skills to:
trace the development of the discipline of Irish and European folklore
engage with various aspects of traditional and contemporary Irish culture
identify key genres in narrative, and recount the social and cultural context for storytelling
evaluate the ethnographic value of archival documents
be able to research an ethnographic project through archival sources
design an ethnographic fieldwork project
use sound and visual recording technology to conduct an ethnographic interview.
Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our book of modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.
You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.
Higher Diploma 60 ECTS credits
1 year Full-time; 2 years Part-time
CKA04 Full-time; CKA37 Part-time
Additional Teaching Mode Information
The part-time option will be taught during weekday working hours over 2 years.
Start Date 7 September 2020
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Skills and Careers Information
In addition to developing archival and analytical skills, you will develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of Irish popular culture, both past and present, in studying the stories, rituals, beliefs, traditions, religion and cosmological understandings of the people.
Graduates of our department have gone on to careers in:
television and radio
the heritage sector (museums, folk parks, etc.)
community-based folklore and arts projects management