Course code Folk3009
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 26 6 48
E-courses Folk3009: Contemporary Latvian Folklore
Course annotation The aim of the course is to show how folklore functions in modern society, what the term „contemporary folklore” implies. The main sources of contemporary folklore (media, advertising, life stories, albums, etc.) are studied and the ways folklore functions within various social groups are examined. Throughout the course the genres of contemporary folklore are analysed, their form and semantics is discussed. Independent research is carried out by the students and theresults are presented. It is important to note that students themselves are expected to evaluate and assess the materials gathered. The evaluation and assessment should be scientifically grounded.
Results Having completed the course students are able to define contemporary folklore, identify and characterize its sources and genres, identify the texts of contemporary folklore and assess their own role in shaping contemporary folklore.
Course plan 1.The subject matter of the course. Historical development of the notion of folklore. Paradigm shift in folklore research in the 60s of the 20th century. Features of contemporary folklore.2 – L
2.Sources of contemporary folklore. Media as a significant source of contemporary folklore.2 – L
3.Sources of contemporary folklore. Folklore in advertising and marketing. 2 – L
4.Sources of contemporary folklore. Field research in contemporary folklore. 2 – L
5.Seminar. Introductory questions and methodology of independent research 2 – S
6.Various social groups as contributors to contemporary folklore.2 – L
7.Folklore of professional groups. 2 – L
8.Genres, form and semantics of contemporary folklore. 2 – L
9.Contemporary narratives. 2 – L
10.Anecdotes in contemporary culture.2 – L
11.Short genres of folklore. Contemporary beliefs, proverbs, riddles. 2 – L
12.Latvian seasonal traditions and festivities in modern society 2 – L
13.Contemporary Latvian festivities. 2 – L
14.The role of borrowed traditions in Latvian culture. 2 – L
15.Seminar. Presentation of the results of the independent research.4 – S
Requirements for obtaining credit points 1.Independent research comprising materials gathered, research carried out, theoretical substantiation (10 – 15 pages) submitted by the deadline specified at the beginning of the course (70%).
2.Presentation of independent research at the two final seminars (30%).
3.Attendance of lectures and seminars (75%).
4. If a student cannot take part at the final seminars and present the materials of his/her research for valid reason, he/she is allowed to take the written examination on two questions in the field of contemporary folklore discussed during the course (30%) and submit the independent research.
Study programmes Baltic Philology