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Arts - 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.

The Higher Diploma in Folklore is intended for those who already have a degree and who wish to study folklore intensively over two academic years, part-time. The course consists of modules to the value of 60 credits taken from a range of existing year 2 and 3 modules in BA Folklore. The subject modules will be chosen by the student in consultation with staff of the Department of Folklore, having regard to timetable constraints and suitability of course combinations.

The modules studied will vary for each individual student, depending on background, preferred area of specialisation etc.

This programme is currently offered as a two year part-time (by day) option only.

Unique Aspects of the 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.

Entry requirements

It is intended for those who already have a degree, preferably in the area of Arts or the Sciences. Applicants to the Higher Diploma in Arts would not normally have studied the relevant subject to Honours Degree level previously.

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please see course webpage (link below) to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests.

Duration

2 years part-time

Number of credits

Higher Diploma 60 ECTS credits

Careers or further progression

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:
• journalism
• television and radio
• teaching
• the heritage sector (museums, folk parks, etc.)
• translation
• community-based folklore and arts projects management
• academia.

Further enquiries

Mr Ciarán Ó Gealbháin
E: c.ogealbhain@ucc.ie
P: + 353 21 490 2598

Blathnaid Begley
Executive Assistant
E: b.begley@ucc.ie
T: +353 (0)21 490 3935

Subjects taught

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).

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.

Please see the College Book of Modules for information and descriptions of modules for the current academic year.

Comment

Who Teaches This Course
Staff of the Department of Folklore and occasional guest speakers.

Assessment method

Assessment is carried out through a combination of continuous assessment, written assignments, and end-of-year examinations.

Application date

Applications for 2017-18 intake are now open.

While UCC operates a rounds system for Postgraduate Taught courses (detailed below) we would advise you to apply as soon as possible.

Deadline for receipt of Applications: Offers will be made:

For all completed applications received by January 16th 2017 Offers will be made by January 30th 2017

For all completed applications received by March 1st 2017 Offers will be made by March 15th 2017

For all completed applications received by May 1st 2017 Offers will be made by May 15th 2017

For all completed applications received by July 3rd 2017 Offers will be made by July 17th 2017

Late applications may be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis for any courses that have remaining capacity for places.

Non-EU Applicants:

Please visit the following page for further information for Non EU applicants http://www.ucc.ie/en/international/studyatucc/postgraduateprogrammes/tau...

Course fee

Costs: 2017/2018 Irish/EU €3,000 per year part-time

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 11 September 2017

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