CUL2000EN - Intro to Folk Studies

Course description

This course will explore a range of traditional verbal art, custom, and material culture from a number of different regions and ethnic groups. Students consider the basic content, concepts, methodologies, and theoretical approaches of the folklore discipline. Recurring central issues will include the construction of personal and group identities, the nature of creativity and artistic expression, the dynamics of tradition, and the relationship between folklore and worldview. Students will learn to identify, collect, represent ethically, and offer sophisticated analyses of different forms of vernacular culture.

How this course benefits students

This course equips the student to be able to research and reflect on folk aspects of individual cultures. They also learn about the origin of such "folk" analysis and its limitations.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Cultural Studies
Educational level
Humanities Distribution
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.
Dr. Dorcas Dennis, Professor of Folk Studies

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

Jesus came for the salvation of all, so we should be equipped for being able to understand and reach out to all.

Missionally driven

An understanding of folk culture aids in meeting people where they are at and understanding where they are coming from.

Contextually informed

Folk apects shape our understanding of ourselves and our lives considerably. Being able to explore folk aspects of a situation is key to working in context.

Interculturally focused

We are called to cross cultures. Models and methods will aid us in effectively reaching out.

Practically minded

Cultures and subcultures throughout the world incorporate folk aspects, so developing this expertise will help us wherever we minister.

Experientially transformed

Students are equipped to describe folk aspects in their local contexts. Through this folk culture ceases to be just something "out there".