Course code Folk3019
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
4 6 64 48 16 96
E-courses Folk3019: Lithuanian traditional culture
Course annotation
The course offers insight into the main aspects of Lithuanian traditional culture and its research. The history of Lithuanian folklore studies and ethnology is presented, as well as the most important sources and publications. Characteristics of Lithuanian traditional culture includes such aspects as periods of cultural history and their characteristics, tangible and untangible expressions of traditional culture, customs of calendar and life-cycle celebrations. Significant forms of vocal and instrumental music are presented. The regional characterization of traditional culture focuses on four cultural historical regions – Aukštaitija, Žemaitija, Suvalkija and Dzūkija. Particular attention is paid to Prussian Lithuanians. A comparative characteristics of traditional culture of Lithuanian minorities is provided as well.
Students have an overview of history of Lithuanian folklore studies and ethnology, and have understanding of the main publications of folklore materials. They know the most important expressions of tangible and untangible culture, recognize and characterize the various kinds of Lithuanian folklore, their form, contents, functionality, connection to calendar and life-cycle traditions. Students have understanding of peculiarities of cultural historical regions, they have notion of what is common and different in traditional culture of Lithuanians and minorities. The acquired competence in humanities provides for a better understanding of Latvian folklore.
Course plan
1.Subject, goals and structure of the course.2L
2.History of Lithuanian folkloristics and ethnology, significant publications.4L
3.Problems of Lithuanian ethnogenesis, periodization of Lithuanian history of culture.4L
4.Arrangement of lifespace: settlements, dwellings, household objects.2L
5.Types of economy: agriculture, livestock farming, beekeeping, hunting and fishing. Crafts.2L
6.Ordinary and festive cuisine.2L, 2S
7.Clothing and adornments.2L, 2S
8.Calendar customs and festivities.4L, 2S
9.Life-cycle celebrations.4L, 2S
10.Verbal folklore: tales, short forms. Songs.2L, 2S
11.Vocal and instrumental music.4L, 4S
12.Choreographic folklore.2L
13.Landscape and holy places. Pagan and Christian syncretism.4L
14.Lithuanian worldview in context of Baltic culture. Hypothesis of N. Vėlius.2L
15.Regional characteristics of traditional culture. Peculiarities of Prussian Lithuanian culture.6L, 2S
16.Peculiarities of traditional culture of Lithuanian minorities.2L
Requirements for obtaining credit points
Active participation in seminars (30%), written annotations about literature studies (30%), oral exam (40%).
Study programmes Baltic Philology