Course code Vēst1228
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
2 3 32 24 8
Course annotation The basic tasks of the course are the studies of latvian material culture. The students get an insight into the cultural-historical regions and districts of Latvia. The course identifies the tendences of the people’s culture and borrowings (adoptions) in Latvian ethnographical material.
Results The students will have gained academic and professional competences as well as the understanding of Latvian material culture in general. They will have had the possibility to get acquainted with Latvia’s regional ethnographical differences and their uniqueness.
Course plan 1.The ethnography of latvians. The subject research methods. Sources, literature and repositories of ethnographical artifacts .
2.The historical cultural (ethnographical) regions and districts: historical development and ethnic structure
L1, S1
3.The settlements (individual farmhouses, villages, clusters of farms); history of national building traditions and description of architecture
L2, S1
4.The types of dwelling houses and their development: interiors and belongingsL5, S1
5. The farm buildings (threshing barn, granary, bathhouse, cattle-shed, etc.)L3 , S1
6.Traditional occupations ( tillage, cattle-breeding, fishery, bee-keeping ) and the corresponding toolsL 2, S1
7. Crafts (weavers, blacksmiths, woodworkers, millers etc.); the beginnings of the applied arts.
L4, S1
8.National costume. History, the complex of garments and the regional costumes. The development Latvian adornments.
L5, S2
Requirements for obtaining credit points During the course each student takes a written test and has to attend the seminars: presence at the lectures at the Ethnographic Open-air museum of Latvia and the National Museum of History of Latvia is compulsory.
The final course evaluation consistsof the following: test results - 50% and examination - 50%
Study programmes Baltic Philology