Folklore | Psychological Issues in Folklore
F430 | 27713 | El-Shamy
These two courses surveys the psychological, psychosocial, and
psychocultural approaches to the study of lore. Similarities and
differences in theoretical and procedural (methodological)
orientations in treating "lore" in various disciplines are presented
and evaluated. Emphasis is placed on cognitive approaches, and on the
folkloric item and the accompanying traditional processes.
The contents are divided into nine major segments:
I. History of Psychological Theory in Folklore
Scholarship and Anthropology
II. Psychological Theories of Learning as Applied to
Traditional Culture (Motivation, Ego-involvement, Extinction,
III. Social Learning of Shared Traditions
IV. Attitudes and their Role in Performance and Retention
V. Psychological aspects of Style and Structure,
Contents, and Performance of Lore; Cybernetics as Applied
to "Material Culture" VI. Stability and Change in Traditions
VII. Mental Health in Traditional Culture: the Roles of
Folkloric Behavior in Situations of Health and Morbidity
VIII. Applications: How Students in Various Relevant Fields
(e.g., Education) Can Make Use of Folklore Studies, and Vice Versa.
Prerequisites: One course in folklore, psychology, education,
anthropology (etc.) or consent of instructor.
Exams: Take-home, mid-term and final.
Term Paper: One.
Remedial work is posible
October 24: First Exam Given: Due on or Before October 31
December 9: Paper Due
December 12: Second Exam Given: Due Monday Dec. 16 or Before.
*Members of the graduate class (F738) are expected to
emphasize folkloristic research in their work.
Materials treated in classroom may be grouped into three main
1) Theoretical: general guidelines.
2) Culture-specific, or applied: examples and case studies.
3) Your own Contribution: data of your own choice.