Folklore | Methods and Theories
F401 | 16830 | McDowell


The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the main
methods and theories in the two fields composing our department,
Folklore and Ethnomusicology. These fields share a common focus on
traditional forms of artistic performance, but they diverge from one
another in important ways as well. This course explores both the
common ground and some key areas of difference, by delving into the
history of inquiry and current research paradigms; basic concepts
such as community, tradition, genre, and performance; the methods,
techniques, and procedures used to gather and process information;
and the issues associated with presenting and representing people in
public settings and programs.

Required for majors and minors in the department.