Course code Folk4000
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 Folk4000: Research Methods in Folklore and Ethnology
Course annotation
The course offers an insight into the development of research into folklore and ethnology across the world, discusses the most significant theories, trends, schools and methods of research from the 17th century up to the present day and outlines the theoretical basis of the development of Latvian folkloristics. Within the course framework it is planned to discuss the most significant publications by Latvian and foreigh scholars of ethnology and folklore such as J. G. Frazer, B. Malinowski, C. Jung, K. Levi-Stross, V.Propp, Y.Meletinski, V.Toporov, V.Ivanov, N.Velius, G.Beresnevicius, K.Straubergs, P.Smits, H.Biezais etc. The aim of the course is to spotlight the specifics of independent research, recommend the most appropriate research methods and prepare the students for independent field research.
On successful completion of the course studens are able to identify and characterize the most significant trends, theories and methods of research in folklore and ethnology, discuss the contribution of the most notable researchers. Students are ready to carry out independent research in which one of the discussed methods is applied.
Course plan 1. Introduction. Subject matter, tasks and sources of folkloristics and ethnology research, relation to other disciplines. L2
2. Beginnings of folklore and ethnology research in Europe. First schools of folklore. L2
3. Finnish school or the geographically historical method. L2 S2
4. Evolutionism in folklore and ethnology research. L2 S2
5. Functionalism in folklore and ethnology research. L2 S2
6. Ritual theories in folklore and ethnology research. L2
7. Structuralism in folklore and ethnology research. L2 S2
8. The most striking phenomena in folklore and ethnology research in the second part of the 20th century. Contextual approach in folklore and ethnology research. L2 S2
9.Field research in folklore and ethnology. L2 S2
10. The latest trends in folklore and ethnology research in Europe and Latvia. L2

Requirements for obtaining credit points
1. Satisfactory performance at seminars (10%).
2.To develop and defend two independent research works on one of the seminar topics (40% ).
3. Written examination (50%).
4. Attendance of lectures and seminars (75%)

Study programmes Baltic Philology