HDip Irish Folklore
Graduate Taught (level 8 nfq, credits 60)
The HDip in Irish Folklore should provide students with the requisite skills, knowledge and experience to enable them to formulate and complete their own research projects in the field of folklore studies Designed for students and scholars without any previous background in general folkloristics or comparative ethnology
Training in original archival and fieldwork research and methods.
Access to the specialist library and archive holdings of the UCD Delargy Centre for Irish Folklore and the National Folklore Collection
Vision and Values Statement
The study of Folklore focuses on traditional popular culture, in the past and in the present. As an academic discipline, it involves the exploration of material culture, social tradition, oral literature and popular belief and practice.
The Higher Diploma programme is designed to give students in-depth knowledge of the principal forms and genres of Folklore, with reference to their historical background and global context. The programme is aimed at national and international students with an interest in popular tradition, vernacular culture and Irish studies. It is designed to deepen and enhance students' capacity for cultural engagement across a range of issues and experiences, and provides them with a solid basis on which to develop their interest and involvement in the subject, should they so wish.
The programmes' educational values are centred on the promotion of a spirit of enquiry regarding the nature, persistence and dynamics of tradition in everyday life. They encourage students to develop a reflective approach to their studies, while also emphasising the centrality of fieldwork and archival sources to their learning. Teaching is carried out in lectures, in small-group tutorials, and in seminar-style participatory classes. Students are also encouraged to use digital archive resources in their learning. Assessments take the form of written examinations, journal-keeping, in-semester essays and oral presentations. They also include assignments which give students the opportunity to pursue given topics using archival data-sets.
Students should have an understanding of the basic elements and theories of folkloristic research and of contemporary critical discourse in folklore and ethnology, including the ability to assess assumptions and the ways in which such assumptions have developed within society.
demonstrate effective communication skills with appropriate use of subject-specific terminology; develop their knowledge and use of subject-specific and transferable skills.
show a capacity for relating what they have learned to their own experience and to issues which arise in the wider community.
demonstrate digital expertise through the use of digital resources such as www.duchas.ie.
indicate an understanding of the ethical responsibilities involved in folkloristic research, and an understanding of the necessity of establishing empathy with informants/co-researchers.
appreciate and articulate the ways in which the present is moulded by the past in the area of popular tradition and folklore.