Folklore - Irish Folklore

Course Outline

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.

Entry requirements

Requirements

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.


International/non-EU applicants

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.

Duration

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.

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

Dr. Marie-Annick Desplanques

e: ma.desplanques@ucc.ie

t: + 353 21 490 2992

https://www.ucc.ie/en/bealoideas/current/courses/


Blathnaid Begley

e: b.begley@ucc.ie

t: +353 21 490 3935

Subjects taught

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.


Modules

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.


University Calendar

You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.

Comment

Course Practicalities

The Higher Diploma in Folklore is intended for those who already have a degree and who wish to study folklore intensively over one or 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.

Assessment method

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

Application date

Applications for academic year 2020/2021 are open.


EU Applicants: UCC operates a rounds closing date system for the majority of postgraduate taught courses, which means offers are made four times a year on a rolling basis. Some courses have one specific closing date, please check your course prospectus page for this information.


The UCC rounds closing dates for postgraduate taught courses are below. Applicants are advised to apply as soon as possible.


Deadline for receipt of full applications:

For all completed applications received by January 10th 2020

Offers will be made by January 24th 2020


For all completed applications received by March 2nd 2020

Offers will be made by March 16th 2020


For all completed applications received by May 1st 2020

Offers will be made by May 15th 2020


For all completed applications received by July 1st 2020

Offer will be made by July 15th 2020


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


Non-EU Closing Date: 15 June

Non-EU Applicants: Information for Non-EU applicants may be found on the International Office Website https://www.ucc.ie/en/international/

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date 7 September 2020

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