Folklore | Fieldwork in Folklore
F523 | 5481 | Johnson


Meets at 501 N. Park.  This course is designed to give beginning
folklorists a mixture of theoretical information about how to conduct
fieldwork and practical experience in actually doing fieldwork.  Unit
1 will consist of several essentail points on the basic theoretics of
the fieldwork experience.  Unit II will seek to prepare students for
the field and will include the topic of getting along in the
library.  Research costs money and no project preparation is complete
until money is secured.  Thus, this unti will also deal with methods
of acquiring funding and writing grants.  Unit III will deal with
thte actual work in the field and the various methods that may be
employed, such as interviewing, observing performance, using
questionnaires, analyzing printed sources, and the like.  Dealing
with the collected data is the concern of Unit IV and will consist of
lectures on analysis, utilizing card files, taking notes from
resource books, synthesizing data, and "writing up" results.  Unit V
will consist of discussions on publishing research results, while
Unit VI will attempt to prepare students for presenting papers at
nationally organized conferences.