CUL3210EN - Folktales and Oral Traditions

Course description

Introduces students to the role of oral traditions in various cultural contexts. Special attention is placed on the process of meaning making and addressing ongoing cultural challenges through oral tradition.

How this course benefits students

This course equips students to understand oral traditions including folktales and proverbs in their cultural contexts. They will also learn to analyze aprropriation of oral traditions to contemporary contexts.

Why this course is important

Inspite of the rapid flow of data and information electronically, oral tradition continues to be an important cultural resource for historical understanding and future cultural reourses.

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

Jesus worked constrictively with traditions in some cases calling people back to the spirit of what had been taught and at other times offering an alternative to the traditional wisdom.

Missionally driven

In order to be effective in missional living, we need to understand the ongoing role of oral tradiition in shaping the cutlural context. Part of our message being effectual is it being the fitting word to those whom we seek to reach.

Contextually informed

In many cultures, oral tradition is the bedrock for the cultural context. Seein how oral tradition is adapted can provide insight on the current societal dynamics.

Interculturally focused

Effective intercultural communication considers the frameworks of understanding that are expressed in the particular oral tradion.

Practically minded

Working with oral tradition not only sheds light on cultural values and perspectives, but it also provides resources for interaction in the ministry conext.

Experientially transformed

In order to grasp the power of oral tradition, students need to expericne the process of collecting stories. This starts with relatives and then expands to cultural mentor for another culture.