Course code Folk3022
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
Course annotation The basic goal of the course is to introduce the audience with the most graphic representation of nonverbal language – the language of gesture, and to follow its function and symbolism in traditional and current culture. Students will gain an understanding of the semiotics of ritual, etiquette and everyday gestures.
Results The students gain knowledge about nonverbal language in traditional and contemporary culture, specifically about the semiotics of gesture in the context of diacronics and sincronics in folklore. The students gain an understanding of comparative gesture use in folklore.
Course plan 1. Verbal and nonverbal communication in folklore. L4
2. Body language in kinesics, proxemics, tacesics discourse. L4 S4
3. Classification of gestures. L4 S2
4. The semiotics of gesture in the context of ritual and etiquette. L4 S4
5. Functions of obscene gestures and their place in traditional society. L4 S2




Requirements for obtaining credit points Test work about the literature studies (10%), active participation in seminars (30%), paper on a freely chosen topic, related to the author's specific interests and showing understanding of folklore, ability to work with sources and theoretical concepts, 9 to 10 pages (20%), written exam (40%).

Study programmes Baltic Philology