CUL3200EN - Folklore and Folklife

Course description

Students explore the range of traditions, beliefs, rituals, and physical objects that make up folk culture. They will also gain an appreciation of the ongoing process of adapting, reclaiming, and creating new folk culture.

How this course benefits students

This course equips students to be able to understand folklore in a specif context. They will also learn how to analyze the process of appropriation.

Why this course is important

One of the most importat aspects of learning about a culature is experiencing their traditions and customs. Understanding another culture's folklore is a crucial step in understaning and relating to another ministry context.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Cultural Studies
Educational level
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

There are multiple sections of Scripture that refer to making crafts or music with excellence. Whether appealed to in the Psalms or presented as part of crafting ritual items from the Temple, Scripture affirms the importance of excellence.

Missionally driven

An appreciation of folk traditions and the ongoing process of adapting folk traditions (i.e. folklife) are an integral part of understanding culture.

Contextually informed

Folk traditions and folklife are vital parts of the given context. An understanding of folklore is a vital complement to understanding cutlure since the two are essentially linked with context.

Interculturally focused

Exploring another culture's folklore and folklife will naturally push one back to understand his or her own folklore.

Practically minded

Considerations of folklore and folkllife are crucial practicall tools, since for a culture or sub-culture thiir folkllore and folklife are resources for self- and group-understanding.

Experientially transformed

Understaing folklore is closely tied to experiencing folklore with sound, taste, small, and the feel of artifacts and other cultural items.