Course code Folk3003
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 16 16 48
E-courses Folk3003: Ornamentics in the Context of Baltic Mythology
Course annotation Just like language signs, ornament signs are one of the oldest witnesses of ethnos or, in a broader sense, cultural identity. Ornament has a number of functions the following three of which can be considered the main ones: protective function, function of belonging and decorative function. The course discusses the kinds and symbolism of Baltic (Latvian, Lithuanian, Prussian) ornaments. Evolution of ornament throughout centuries, its functions and place in the contemporary culture is revealed. The course comprises interdisciplinary material (folkloristics, mythology, ethnography) and is based on theoretical exposition of the functions of ornament, as well as on practical inquiry into its use.
Results The students have had an insight into the practical and symbolic use of ornaments in traditional, as well as contemporary Baltic culture, and the similarities and differences it displays with the types and kinds of ornaments of the neighbouring nations (the Slavs, Germanic nations, Finno-Ugrians).
Course plan 1.Concept of ornament. Kinds and functions of ornamentL 4, S4
2.Geometric ornament of the Baltic nationsL2, S2
3.Ornament in traditional culture (in stone, cave drawings, exterior design of buildings, household tools, clothing, etc.)L4, S4
4.Ornament in contemporary cultureL4, S4
5.Semantically ambivalent ornamental signs (pentagrams, swastika)L2, S2
Requirements for obtaining credit points 1)A course report in the field of ornamentics (50% of the total grade)
2)Successfully passed written exam (50% of the total grade)
3)Attendance of lectures and seminars (75%)
Study programmes Baltic Philology