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Aims and Objectives

Principal Module Aims

The module introduces you to the methodological and theoretical issues involved in researching and writing on folklore. It also exposes you to the opportunities and problems presented by a wide range of evidence. These sources include architecture, ceramics, dances, diaries, fairy stories, film, folktales, ghost stories, legends, letters, metalware, myths, novels, nursery rhymes, paintings, photographs, plays, poetry, sculpture, signage, songs, television, and textiles. The module draws on insights from neighbouring disciplines including anthropology, archaeology, ethnography, film studies, gender studies, history of art and architecture, and literary criticism. The module sets folklore in its cultural, economic, political, religious, and social contexts, relating it to broader historical trends.

Learning Outcomes
  • Demonstrate the ability to contextualise folklore as a subject of historical enquiry.
  • Communicate ideas and findings in a comparative context, adapting to a range of situations, audiences and degrees of complexity.
  • Generate ideas through the analysis of a broad range of primary source material, including relevant information
  • Analyse and evaluate the contributions made by existing interdisciplinary scholarship on folklore.
  • Act with limited supervision and direction within defined guidelines, accepting responsibility for achieving