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326.folklore.syllabus - Anthropology 326 Introduction to...

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Anthropology 326 Introduction to Folklore Instructor: Dr. Antone Minard Email: [email protected] Office: Sierra Hall 240M Office Hours: MWF 10–10. a.m. 50 Course Description: Folklore is the body of lore that exists below the radar in any given culture. It is unofficial and informal, and folkloric traditions are usually communicated between individuals and among small groups rather than at the level of a society as a whole. Because of its nature, “folklore” is often a synonym for “untrue” in vernacular speech, and consequently it is often dismissed as unimportant. Folklore is in fact both valuable and powerful: it can be a subversive tool among oppressed subcultures, who do not have a voice in the mainstream, or it can be a tool of oppression that exists alongside an ostensibly tolerant official policy. In this course, you will be studying art, beliefs, behaviors, customs, festvials, jokes, language, music, narrative, poetry from a folkloristic perspective, as well as the theories and methodologies used by scholars to analyze folk traditions. Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course, you will have learned to recognize, document, and analyze cultural behavior in everyday life. You will gain practical fieldwork experience including a unit on professional ethics, release forms, and archiving. This course develops both descriptive and analytical writing with both colloquial and formal language registers. Over the course of the semester you will be exposed to the traditions of more than two dozen cultures and subcultures, increasing your awareness of and appreciation for diversity both within your community and worldwide; the focus this semester will be on Armenian and Manx folklore. Course Requirements: The course consists of lectures, readings, and fieldwork. The lectures and readings will be evaluated by one final exam. You will have seven fieldwork projects and one archival project. There is also a participation grade which evaluates your level of engagement with the course by attending lectures, participating in class discussions, responding to questions, posting to the course website, visiting me in office hours, and, if and only if I feel the class as a whole is not doing the readings, pop quizzes. Due Dates: Collection Project #1: Folk Speech / Proverb F 19 September, 6.30 p.m. 9% Collection Project #2: Foodways F 3 October, 6.30 p.m. 9% Collection Project #3: Folk Belief / Superstition F 17 October, 6.30 p.m. 9% Collection Project #4: Folk Custom / Behavior Þ 30 October, 6.30 p.m. 9% Collection Project #5: Folk Narrative / Legend F 14 November, 6.30 p.m. 12% Collection Project #6: Miscellaneous W 26 November, 6.30 p.m. 9% Useful Weed Photo: F 5 December, 6.30 p.m. 6% Archive Exercise: Schedule to Circulate 6% Final Exam: MWF: 12/15; TÞ: 12/16 25% Participation / Quizzes: throughout 6% Total 100% L No late assignments will be accepted without prior arrangement, and no make-up exams will be given. 7 ¹ Þ is the Anglo-Saxon letter thorn , and equivalent to modern <TH>. Used here and throughout for Thursday.
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