Course code Folk2011
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Credit points, number of lectures
Credit points ECTS Credit points Total number of auditorium hours Number of lecture hours Number of seminars and practical work hours Number of student independent work hours
2 3 32 20 12 48
E-courses Folk2011: Analysis of the Folklore Texts
Course annotation During the lectures and seminars different kinds of folklore texts are discussed: spoken text and written text, verbal text and sign text. Various research methods (formal, structural, linguistic, semantic, etc.) revealing the specifics of different genres of Latvian folklore, such as folk songs, fairy tales, riddles, beliefs, incantations, proverbs and sayings, are covered.
Results On successful completion of the course students have acquired knowledge of the most important genres of Latvian folklore, are able to carry out practical genre analysis. Students have mastered text comparison skills.
Course plan 1. Sacred and profane language in folklore. (L2)
2. Formulae and their functions in the texts of Daina, incantations, fairy tales. Asyndeton, (L4, S2)
3. Folk poetry. The metrics and poetics of folk songs. (L4, S2)
4. The s.c. short genres of folklore: proverbs, sayings, riddles, incantations etc. (L4, S4)
5. Fairy tales and legends. (L4, S2)
6. Folklore in contemporary life. (L2, S2)


Requirements for obtaining credit points Completion of tasks at the seminars (30%), a report (6-10 pages)on the topic chosen demonstrating the author’s skills to analyze folklore texts and provide the theoretical background of the problem (20%), written examination (50%).


Study programmes Baltic Philology