Advanced Issues in Folklore and Folklife


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Consider issues such as defining folklore; the relationship between folklore and other aspects of culture and society; folklore and truth; monogenesis and polygenesis and the uses and misuses to which folklore may be put. These questions are of considerable interest to folklorists and many are also relevant to other disciplines, especially history, cultural studies, literature, linguistics and anthropology.


Recommended prerequisites

You are recommended to have completed the following unit(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:


  • Assignment 1 (60%)
  • Assignment 2 (40%)

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this unit students will:

  1. be able to interrogate the foundation concepts of folklore in relation to such issues as:
  • inventing traditions
  • tourism
  • heritage and folklife
  • who owns folklore?
  • threats to childhood and children's play

    2. have written a detailed study of one or more of these topics, demonstrating their understanding of the issues involved and their significance for the study of folklore and folklife.


This unit addresses the following topics.

1Foundation concepts of folklore
2Inventing traditions
3Tourism, heritage and folklife
4Who owns folklore
5Threats to childhood and children's play
6Your essay on folklore/folklife

Study Resources

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

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  • Book of Readings
  • Study Guide

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Relevant Courses

This unit is not currently a requirement for any courses, but may be eligible for credit.

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Unibooks textbook list.
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