The MA in Irish Folklore is currently being restructured and will not be on offer for 2017/2018
Please contact the Department of Bealoideas/Folklore and Ethnology for information on other postgraduate options for 2017/2018 Blathnaid Begley
Tel: +353 (0)21 490 3935
This course develops the traditional concerns of the discipline of folklore in Ireland. It draws upon stories, storytelling, ritual, belief, superstition, customs and traditions such as wakes, weddings and holy wells. It offers key lectures on the main areas of folklore.
You will be introduced to Irish folklore through the discussion of various examples of traditional or popular culture and behaviour. Examples are used to consider the meanings and contexts of Irish folklore in the past and present including Irish traditional music sessions, exorcists, popular cinema narrative, Irish pub culture, traditional diet and ancient and contemporary rituals associated with dying and death.
This course coversthe intellectual history of the collection and study of Irish folklore and popular culture in an ethnological and Irish cultural studies context.
It covers the core elements of popular culture while incorporating traditional concerns such as ritual, festival, belief and narrative. It explores the relationship of folklore with popular culture in general and aims to develop a sharp critical awareness of the key concerns and interests. It offers an abundance of examples relevant to the appreciation and interpretation of everyday life as a postgraduate research interest and concern.
The authorship of ethnography or folklore, or cultural description in general, is discussed. Questions of representation arise with discussion of texts and examples of ethnographic writing. This aims to enhance your own research interest and analytical competency. Other topics offer personal experience of the contexts and practical use of folklore in communities and key offsite locations.
The value of archives and folklore in general in institutional as well as public and community settings is central. The world famous Irish National Folklore Collection is introduced. It is a rich repository for all disciplines. Training in the use of archives is included and fieldtrips where practicable.
For further details and module descriptions, see the Postgraduate College Calendar
Course Code: CKE22 Full-time
Course Title: Folklore - Irish Folklore
College: Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences
Duration: 1 year Full-time
Teaching Mode: Full-time
NFQ Level: Level 9
Costs: 2017/2018 Irish EU Fee level: EUR 6,000 Full-time;
2016 Entry Requirements: You must normally hold an approved honours primary degree or Higher Diploma in Arts (Folklore) with at 2.1 (or equivalent) (see detailed entry requirements)
Closing Date: This programme is not on offer for 2017
Next Intake: This programme is not on offer for 2017
The course consists of a combination of lectures, seminars, research skills training, archive experience and fieldwork training. You will have approximately six contact hours per week with staff between September and April. You will be expected to prepare and write academic essays, reports based on archival research, and keep an ethnographic field research journal. You will also give presentations of your research and have the opportunity to attend sessions with visiting speakers. You will also have the opportunity to participate in one or two fieldtrips. You will be expected to complete a dissertation of approximately 20000 words maximum.
The course is examined through the continuous assessment of ongoing work and essays. Experience-based learning such as journal keeping and archive use are also graded. The core module involves designing and carrying out a research project with a view to presenting a written dissertation. It may include archival, library, or equivalent fieldwork research agreed with staff in the department.
Application for this programme is on-line at www.pac.ie/ucc. Places on this programme are offered in rounds. The closing dates for each round can be found here. For full details of the application procedure click How to Apply.
Applicants will also be required to submit a proposal outlining their particular interest in Irish Folklore, when submitting their online application. Please click on this link to view the additional supplementary questions for application to this programme:CKE22AdditionalQuestions (135kB)
The selection committeealso attaches strong importance to the additional supplementary online questions
Early applications are encouraged for early decisions.
Further Contact Information
Tel: +353 (0)21 490 3935