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Courses Descriptions

The following represents the range of courses available to students in Folklore Studies at the University of Oregon. In addition to FLR classes, our affiliated professors offer a number of approved courses covering a variety of topics in folklore. For schedules, please click on the link to the right.

FLRP = Expressive Forms and Practices
FLRD = Diverse Communities
FLRE = Electives

Folklore Core Faculty Courses

FLR 199 Alternative Cultures (4). This course surveys the methods and theories used by researchers studying cultural groups and expressive forms interpreted as “alternatives” to dominant societal norms or commercial mass culture. Topics of study include subcultures, countercultures, alternative religious movements, urban folk art, outsider art, and oppositional forms of vernacular culture. We will consider these expressions within historical contexts, explore their broader societal influences and legacies, and examine how alternative cultures, both real and imagined, are commodified and incorporated into commercial and popular culture. Wojcik

FLR 199 Talking to Monsters: Monsters, Folklore and Cultural Politics (4). This course critically engages with folk and pop-cultural representations of the “monstrous Other,” including such examples as the undead, the fantastic (for example, trolls), and the proper monster. Examining films and works of literature as well as readings from folklore, history, anthropology, and cultural studies, the course approaches the notion of the “monstrous” from a critical perspective informed by an understanding of historical, cultural, and political forces that contribute to the “monsterization” of the Other. We will also interrogate the concepts of the monstrous and the Other in relation to each other, examining from multiple perspectives the human need for monsters that lurk around the edges of our world. Adkins, Wojcik

FLR 225 Voices of Africa (4). Introduces students to life on the African continent through engagement with a variety of expressive forms used by individuals (“voices”) from a number of countries.  Novels, music, dance, dress, paintings, films, and political cartoons will serve as primary sources from which students will learn about the diversity and vivacity of contemporary African peoples. Gilman

FLR 235 Folklore and the Supernatural (4). Introduces the study of beliefs about the supernatural by examining diverse approaches to the description and analysis of belief traditions and religious cultures. Topics include apparitions, miracles, prophecy, apocalyptic cults, magic, angels, pilgrimage, vampires, UFOs, zombies, possession states, and supernatural assault. Wojcik

FLR 250 Introduction to Folklore (4).  Introduces central concepts, vocabulary, theories, and methods of the discipline of folklore.  Explores how folklore forms operate within specific groups of people who identify themselves along regional, ethnic, racial, occupational, gender, political and/or class lines.  Elucidates role of folklore in identity construction, meaning-making. Gilman, Wojcik
Required for Major, A&L, IP

FLR 255 Folklore and US Popular Culture (4). Introduces students to the theories and methods used in the study of folklore and popular culture; examines a diversity of approaches to the description and analysis of “common culture,” including popular narratives, legends, rituals, ethnic and gender stereotypes, carnivalesque events, fan cultures, subcultures, DIY, and the commodification of youth culture. Special focus on the ways that folklore and popular culture reflect and shape dominant ideologies, and how people may use mass cultural products to create new, personal, and sometimes subversive meanings. Wojcik

FLR 320 Car Cultures (4). Examines car customizing and tuning as forms of vernacular art; studies the environmental impacts of automobiles, the history of the industry, and the peculiarities of drivers’ behavior. Offered alternate years. Sayre
FLRP, A&L, Meets Fieldwork Requirement

FLR 350 Folklore and the Bible (4). Folklore yields insight into contemporary and historical realities, and this is nowhere more true than with regard to mythic and profoundly influential cultural patterns of belief and narratology. This course will bring students to a sophisticated awareness of the Judeo-Christian bible as a shaping cultural document that continues to exert a strong and often unexamined influence on all aspects of our behavior, beliefs, literature, and art.

We will read key sections of the Bible—both from the Hebrew and the Christian portions—examining them as a complex tradition of mythic and narrative patterns, heroic images, poetic and legendary modes, and ethical prescriptions that have, from the beginning persisted as orally transmitted materials. This course will bring together readings of the Bible in the Judeo-Christian tradition in connection with apt mythological, folkloristic, and traditional contexts, concepts, and meanings. We will read sections of the Bible that have continuing presence in Western culture and literature, exploring how these are shaped by oral traditions and how they carry ongoing symbolic and narrative meaning. In addition to reading key narrative, lyrical, prophetic, and epistolary sections of the King James English bible, we will take a folkloristic approach in studying these accounts—contextualizing them both in relation to modes of oral creation and dissemination, and in connection with parallels to and adaptations of biblical stories in other cultural forms and traditions. We will consider the Biblical accounts in relation to the mythic context of ancient traditions and peoples in the Middle East as well as the transforming applications of these materials through a variety of religious institutions and practices.

The process of oral tradition and the shaping of individual and collective belief will be part of our discussion as we consider a range of traditional modes evident in the Bible: myth, legend, song, heroic story, didactic expression, jeremiad, and proverbs. We will examine the relationship between traditional forms and oral expression and transmission on the one hand, and traditions of writing and official codification on the other. We will also consider religious belief and unbelief in relation to unexamined shaping patterns of belief and cultural orientation. In addition, questions of context, meaning, translation, syncretic adaptation, personal and collective belief, morality, ritual enactment, and social function will be taken up as students gain a more sophisticated and self-aware understanding of a compilation that stands at the heart of Western culture.

This course is group-satisfying in Arts and Letters: it creates meaningful opportunities for students to understand a work that is at the center of Western culture, literature, and art. In addition, it raises to their awareness profound issues of belief, mythic enactment, morality, and the historical transmission of texts and images. It offers meaningful opportunities for students to engage in modes of inquiry that define the discipline of folklore and its engagement with the study of mythology and religion. Students will apply methodological and theoretical perspectives gained in the course in their interpretations of readings and their own independent investigation of Biblical texts and topics. Dugaw

FLR 370 Folklore and Sexuality (4). Intersections between folklore and sexuality provide an entry point for examining contemporary social issues relating to sexuality, including sexual identities, courting practices, sexism, pride, violence, body image issues, and resistance. Gilman

FLR 407 Sem Folklore Research Methods (4).Baumann

FLR 407/507 Video Fieldwork (5). Various theoretical approaches, conceptual issues, research strategies, and techniques used for folklore fieldwork will be examined as a framework for analyzing how folklore video is created. Topics for discussion will include proposal preparation and design, initiating fieldwork and establishing rapport, reflexivity, observation and interview techniques, and ethical problems. The course will suggest ways to gather and interpret data, understand the fieldwork endeavor, and present the results in digital format.

FLR 410/510 Folklore and Environment (4) This course is designed to introduce the richness, complexity, and power of folkloric cultural expression rooted in or influenced by environmentalism. From a variety of perspectives, we will explore the nature and manifestation of environmental ideas and actions that are informally shared and expressed. Baumann

FLR 410/510 Folklore in the Public Sector (4) Wondering what to do with all that folklore theory and all those cultural traditions your other classes have covered? Interested in community arts and looking to broaden your scope to folk & traditional arts? This class incorporates a history of the field, contemporary practice, and applications including fieldwork, grant writing, project development, and presentation. Folklore in the public sector will explore the earliest examples of Federal public folklore projects during the 1930s and the impact of Zora Neale Hurston, the Lomaxes, and others; the Folk Song Revival and its influence on the field; the development of Federal programs (NEA, Smithsonian, American Folklife Center) and their impact on state programs; the role of not-for-profits and foundations; and how the Oregon Folklife Network model fits into the rest. Topics will include fieldwork and archival issues, public programming (festivals, exhibits, media productions), advocacy, ethics and responsibilities, and the day-to-day business of budgets, grants, and project management. We will also discuss and evaluate public folklore products (films, radio programs, CDs, web pages). The class will include visits from other public folklorists, archivists, and museum professionals as well as participation in folklore-related events. Students should finish this class with a grasp of the complex and ever-changing world of public folklore, and an ability to look critically at public folklore issues. Saltzman

FLR 410/510 Magic, Myth, and Religion (4). Magic as folk belief and practice, myth as sacred expression, and the intersections of religion and mythology. We will explore the functions of myth and the folklore forms that express sacred belief (narratives, rituals, and celebrations), and examine the leading theories of mythology today in cross-cultural perspective. Wojcik

FLR 410/510 The Medieval Feast in Theory and Practice (4). Bayless

FLR 410 Myth & Modern Fantasy (4). In essence, modern fantasy begins with J.R.R. Tolkien. Professor Tolkien was a lexicographer, linguist, grammarian, translator, literary critic, and one of the most imaginative writers of the twentieth century. This class will look at the folklore that gave so much inspiration to Tolkien and then investigate how two such younger writers, Neil Gaiman and George R.R. Martin, have used Tolkien and the Germanic corpus as sources for their own fantasy fiction. Students will read poetry and prose from medieval Icelandic corpus of myth and heroic legend to augment their reading of The Hobbit. Once this primary relationship is established we will commence on reading two contemporary fiction masterpieces, American Gods and A Game of Thrones. Secondary readings in the history of literary myth, narrative, and genre will supplement our investigation of this haunted relationship between modern fantasy and its literary past. Gurley

FLR 410/510 Native American Folklore (4). Baumann

FLR 410/510 Religion and Ecology (4). Politics, religion, spirituality, environmentalism, and science are being combined in radical and fascinating ways as we struggle to make sense of our place in the cosmos at a time of rampant ecological threats and degradation. This course will survey sources of green religiosity globally, the new religious forms that have arisen as part of nature-based religiosity, and the spiritualization of environmental activism. We will chart the rise of green religion and look beyond traditional definitions of religion and spirituality, paying close attention to the cultural manifestation and expression of these new forms. Baumann, Wojcik

FLR 410/510 Ritual, Festival, and Revolution (4). This course will examine the ways in which traditional dramatic forms such as quêtings (house visits), carnival, and parades contribute to the structure and process of protests and revolutionary moments. We will explore forms of public enactment and social critique such as mummers’ plays, the Boston Tea Party, and the Slug Queen Parade. While the primary focus will be on European cultures, particularly British, there will be some examples from the Americas and Africa. This course will incorporate a mixture of lecture, discussion, and student presentations and will require short essays and a final paper. Saltzman

FLR 410/510 Visionary Experiences and Otherworldly Encounters: Traditions, Theories, and Contexts (4). Introduces students to the research questions and theoretical models used by scholars to examine visionary experiences and otherworldly encounters as expressed throughout a range of traditions and within various cultural contexts.  Topics include shamanism, religious revelation, apparitions, out-of body journeys, spiritual possession, night terror experiences, apocalyptic prophecies, dissociative states, and visionary art. Wojcik

FLR 411/511 Folklore and Religion (4). Examines the research questions and theoretical models used by folklorists and other scholars in the study of vernacular religion and popular spirituality. We will examine religion and spirituality as it is “lived,” focusing primarily on beliefs and practices that are informally learned and generally unsanctioned by institutional doctrines and authorities. The course is organized to reflect particular topics and areas of research that have preoccupied folklorists, and we will explore the issues and perspectives that have informed their studies. The role of folklore in peoples religious lives will be explored through the analysis of narratives, rituals, beliefs, customs, celebrations, pilgrimages, trance states, and numinous experiences. Wojcik

FLR 413/513 Folk Art and Material Culture (4). Explores current and longstanding issues in the study of “folk” or vernacular art, including terminological distinctions, research methods, and current theoretical orientations in addition to conventional studies of traditional arts and material culture. We will examine topics that expand or challenge notions of folk art, such as informal art environments, subcultural expressive behavior, recycled objects and art, body adornment, automobile decoration, murals and graffiti, prison art, self-taught artists, outsider art, and visionary art. Wojcik

FLR 415/515 Folklore and Foodways (4). This highly interactive and participatory course looks at the ways in which identity is situated, created, and transformed in the performance of food traditions. Foodways includes the traditions surrounding the production, creation, consumption, and ways we think about food as a cultural construct. We’ll explore performance, community, creativity, and innovation with regard to foodways. We will also consider how foodways provides a window into other cultures and our own, providing insight into cultural symbols, aesthetics, and world view. This class will involve eating (!), discussion, presentation, some ethnographic interviews, short exercises (ethnography of a dish, what’s in your refrigerator/cabinet), and a longer final paper. Saltzman

FLR 416/516 African Folklore (4). This course investigates a variety of expressive forms practiced by different groups of people living in Sub-Saharan Africa. We will examine the folklore (oral narratives, songs, popular music, dance, and tourist art) of specific groups to explore issues of aesthetics, identity, politics, gender, class, and globalization. Gilman

FLR 418/518 Folklore and Gender (4). Folklore forms are used to establish and sustain normative gender and sexual practices in addition to providing avenues for resistance and construction of alternate frameworks for living. In this course, students will use theories from folklore, feminism, and gender studies to analyze expressive forms that are used to create and celebrate various manifestations of gender identities contribute to gender conflict, as well as those that are used to contest gender oppression (e,g, sexism and homophobia). Gilman

FLR 483/583 Folklore and Mythology of the British Isles (4). This course traces ethnicity, cultural interaction, and forms of folkloristic expression in the British Isles and Ireland. Britain and Ireland possess a complex cultural history. Beginning with the prehistoric Celts, we will trace interactions and identities of historically documented base cultures in the region, especially as their cultural legacies have endured. The course focuses on (1) deep structures of myth, belief, and worldview from the past; and (2) persisting traditions and cultural practices. We will examine such forms of folklore as myths, stories, material culture, worship, ritual, belief, music, song, dance, drama, and custom. We will consider British folklore up to the present day in the context of community & individual values and arts. Dugaw

FLR 485/585 Film and Folklore(4).  The developmental use of film by folklorists. Folklore genres, theories, and fieldwork methods as related to filmmakers’ techniques. Analysis includes documentary and ethno documentary film. Mortensen, Wojcik

FLR 491/591 Anglo-American Ballad and Folk Song (4). Study of popular ballads in the Anglo-American tradition—styles, origins, forms, content, and dissemination. History and influence of popular media. Dugaw

FLR 401 Research: [Topic] (1–6R)
FLR 403 Thesis (1–6R)
FLR 404 Internship: [Topic] (1–6R)
FLR 405 Reading and Conference: [Topic] (1–6R)
FLR 406 Field Studies: [Topic] (1–6R)
FLR 407/507 Seminar: [Topic] (1-6R)
FLR 408/508 Workshop: [Topic] (1–5R)
FLR 409 Practicum: [Topic] (1–6R)
FLR 410/510 Experimental Course: [Topic] (1-5R)

FLR 503 Thesis (l-6R). P/N only
FLR 601 Research: [Topic] (l-6R) P/N only
FLR 604 Internship: [Topic] (l-6R)
FLR 605 Reading and Conference: [Topic] (l-6R)
FLR 606 Field Studies: [Topic] (l-6R)
FLR 607 Seminar: [Topic] (l-6R)
FLR 608 Workshop: [Topic] (l-6R)
FLR 609 Terminal Project (l-6R)
FLR 610 Experimental Course: [Topic] (1-5R)

ENG  615 Topics: Performance Studies (4). This interdisciplinary course examines theoretical and methodological scholarship in performance  studies scholarship associated with folklore, theater studies, anthropology, and literary studies to explore whether these approaches exist as distinct fields of inquiry or whether areas of  convergence represent an identifiable theoretical approach. We will read and discuss works by  important contributors to the field of performance studies to examine the relationships between  approaches from different disciplines, and we will explore how these different perspectives can  increase the breadth and depth of students’ research endeavors theoretically and methodologically. Gilman

FLR 684 Folklore Fieldwork (5). This course introduces students to ethnographic fieldwork in folklore by integrating research practice with methodological and theoretical readings. Topics include identifying a subject of study, developing appropriate research strategies, initiating fieldwork, establishing rapport, reflexivity, representation, and uses for technology. Each student will conceptualize and execute a fieldwork project while developing practical skills in proposal writing, observation, interviewing, analysis, documentation, and presentation. Gilman
Required for Master’s

FLR 681 History of Folklore Theory and Research (5). Examines nature of scholarly inquiry, research questions, and techniques. Historic orientation with emphasis on ideological development of folkloristics from its beginnings to the present. Dugaw, Gilman, Wojcik
Required for Master’s

Affiliated Courses

Other undergraduate and graduate courses with related subject matter-including approved Reading and Conference (405, 605), Seminar (407/507, 607), and Experimental Course (410/510, 610) may be applied to folklore degree programs by arrangement with the instructors and the Folklore Program director.

Folklore Courses in the Arts and Administration Program

AAD 250 Art and Human Values (4) Addresses fundamental aesthetic theory and practice questions resulting from viewing art as a powerful communicator of social and cultural values. Values, rights, and responsibilities of the contemporary visual environment.

AAD 301 Understanding Arts and Creative Sectors (4) This course sets out to map the concepts of “art world” and “creative sector” as they relate to each other generally and to the practice of arts administration specifically.  We will explore cultural, political, economic, and technological facets of creative activity in social contexts, always seeking to understand how these factors inform the ways in which arts administrators serve communities through arts-based programming.  This course will attend both U.S. and international examples while seeking a balance of critical thinking and practical application of ideas.  Ultimately, the course provides tools for students to identify art worlds and critically engage the factors that shape creative sectors.

AAD 408 Workshop: Zines and DIY Culture (4)

AAD 421/521 Cultural Programming (4)  In this course we will explore practice and theory related to arts and cultural programming in the public sector.  A primary focus will be the intellectual history of public (or applied) folklore, especially its intersection with the field of community arts.  Readings, guest speakers, and focused discussions will illuminate a range of opportunities available to cultural workers of varied backgrounds: folklorists, museum specialists, community arts managers, arts educators, creative advocates.  Exercises in project development (conceptualization, proposal writing, fieldwork plan) will provide opportunities to make initial forays into arts and cultural programming, or even to workshop an idea emerging across your research interesting and academic coursework.  We will pay special attention to opportunities involving local and/or UO-related projects, though by no means will limit ourselves to these.  While the ten-week term limits our ability to bring full-fledged projects to fruition, we will identify and discuss the kinds of skills that cultural programmers committed to the public good bring to (and sometimes learn through) various long and short term projects. Fenn

AAD 450/550 Art in Society (4) This course examines the arts as expressive practice that manifest through material culture in society, with specific attention to the concepts of participatory and convergence culture. We will explore the relationships of art to society and individual values using folkloristic, anthropological, sociological, philosophical and art education literature, and we will do so in a transmedia environment. Drawing on concepts derived from these literatures, we will examine the ways in which material culture functions to maintain, transmit, and dynamically engage cultural and social change. Fine, functional, popular, folk, multimedia, and environmental forms of art constitute a range of subject matter; we will specifically address the implications for arts managers that these various critical perspectives entail for work in the arts and culture sectors.

AAD 451 Community Cultural Development. (4) Overview of services that art and art educators perform in the community. Explores settings, constituencies, philosophical approaches, methodologies, planning, and funding of community art programs.

AAD 462 Cultural Policy (4) Examines the impact of cultural policies and institutions on opportunities of the artistic community, on what art forms are made accessible, and on the general aesthetic welfare of the public.

AAD 465 Marketing the Arts (4) Contemporary theory, issues, and skills important to marketing the arts in nonprofit, for-profit, and public cultural organizations.

Folklore Courses in the Anthropology Department

ANTH 114 Anthropology of Pirates and Piracy (4) Examines the political and economic origins and legacies of piracy through 500 years of history in the Americas, Europe, and Africa.

ANTH 161 World Cultures (4) A first look into the work of cultural anthropology and an introduction to the cultural diversity of the world.

ANTH 280 Introduction to Language and Culture (4) This course is concerned with the relations between language, thought, and culture. The first half of the course centers on how language as a system of signs makes culture possible. It looks at some basic questions about the nature of human language and its implications for how people make sense of the world. We ask such things as these: What do we share with other animal systems of communication and what is particular about human language? How does language shape the way we perceive and think about the things around us-and how does the world shape language? How does language let people mean things? The second half of the course focuses on language in action and interaction. We explore the dynamics of everyday conversations, the artful uses of language in performance, and aspects of power such as the politics of gender, national identity, and social status. Although most of the readings are drawn from anthropology, we will also venture into closely related areas in linguistics, sociology, and psychology. This course does not assume any background in linguistics.

ANTH 315 Gender, Folklore, Inequality (4) Cross-cultural exploration of the artistic and expressive realm of women’s lives. Topics include life-cycle rituals, religion, healing, verbal arts, crafts, and music. Silverman.

ANTH 326 Caribbean Societies (4) Explores the legacy of processes that formed Caribbean culture–migration, slavery, and trade–in religious, popular, and scholarly contexts. Scher.

ANTH 365 Food and Culture (4) Anthropological approach to the role of nutrients in human development (individual and group); cultural determinants and differences among populations; world food policy; applied nutritional anthropology.

ANTH 411/511 Politics, Ethnicity, Nationalism (4) Explores relationships between ethnicity, politics, and nationalism from historical and anthropological perspectives. Addresses the way nationalism and ethnic identity construct and reproduce each other. Scher.

ANTH 419/519 Performance, Politics and Folklore (4) Aesthetic, political, economic, and social dimensions of cultural performances examined in museums, heritage displays, folklore festivals, community celebrations, and tourist destinations. Silverman.

ANTH 420 Culture, Illness, and Healing. (4) Cultural foundations of illness and healing. Attempts to analyze illness experiences, looks at therapies cross-culturally, and examines the nature of healing.

ANTH 429/529 Jewish Folklore and Ethnology (4) Traditional Expressive culture of East European Jews; includes narrative, proverbs, jokes, folk beliefs, rituals, holidays, food, customs, music, gender, and immigrant folklore in the United states. Silverman.

ANTH 430/530 Balkan Folklore and Society (4): Focusing on ethnicity, gender, politics, and folklore, this class explores current conflicts in the Balkans and the role of symbols, the state, and nationalism. Silverman.

ANTH 439/539 Feminism and Ethnography (4) Uses current literature to explore the relationship between feminism, postmodernism, and ethnography. Investigates reflexivity, subjectivity, multiple voicings, and the politics of fieldwork, and the text. Silverman.

ANTH 450 The Anthropology Museum (3) Operation of anthropology and natural history museums; organization, collection management, exhibit and public programs, funding. Prereq: ANTH 150. Krier.

ANTH 493/593 Anthropology and Popular Culture (4) Offers insight into the conditions of the reproduction of social relations through the analysis of film, sport, television, advertising, folklore, fashion, and festivals. Scher.

ANTH 683 Anthopological Linguistics (4) Explores linguistic relativity, language, cognition and social practice, distinctiveness of human language, role of reference in linguistic structures, and the creation of social and cultural forms. Scher.

Folklore Courses in the Dance Department

DAN 301 Dance in Traditional Cultures: Africa: [Topic] (4) Investigation of origins, meanings, and development of dance culture and related folk arts in selected regions and countries of the world. Repeatable once for a maximum of 8 credits.

DAN 301 Top Traditional Culture Africa (4) Investigation of origins, meanings, and development of dance culture and related folk arts in selected regions and countries of the world. R once for a maximum of 8 credits.

Folklore Courses in the English Department

ENG 225 Age of Arthur (4) This course provides students an exposure to English and French literature important for the English literary tradition in translation from the very Early to Late Middle Ages. The course will include Arthurian quest narratives, medieval historical accounts of Arthur, and late medieval versions of the Arthurian material, but will also look at some examples of typical medieval literature concerned with the world and its challenges from 800 to 1500. It will not typically include texts covered in other English courses focused on medieval literature. Readings may include: Arthurian stories in fiction and in historical chronicles, medieval dream visions, poetry and drama, as well as some attention to medieval visual art and artifacts that connect to the world of early, high, and late medieval English literature.  Requirements include: attendance, participation, quizzes, 2 papers, a group presentation project, final exam.

Folklore Courses in the German and Scandinavian Department

GER 356 The German Fairy Tale (4) The German fairy tale in historical and theoretical context, from the Brothers Grimm and romantic tales to adaptations by Tchaikovsky and Sendak. Taught in English.

SCAN 259 Vikings through the Icelandic Sagas (4) Introduction to the social, political, and cultural expressions of Viking society through the Sagas, the unique prose narratives of medieval Iceland. Conducted in English.

SCAN 325 Construc/Const Identity (4) Explores the notion of regional, ethnic, gender, and class identity in Scandinavian texts and culture. Topics include immigrant-emigrant experience, lore of the Arctic, folklore, Finland-Swedish writing. Conducted in English.

Folklore Courses in the Music Department

MUS 349 American Ethnic and Protest Music (4) Social change and ethnicity reflected by music of and about Native Americans, Africans, and women, as well as songs of protest and Spanish-speaking groups.

MUS 358 Music in World Cutures (4) African, East European, and Indonesian musics in sociocultural context. Emphasis on listening skills, relationships between music and culture, aesthetics, styles, genres, music structures and forms, and participatory music making.

MUS 359 Music of the Americas (4) Music of the Americas: African American, Asian American, Latin American, and Native American musics in sociocultural context of the Americas. Emphasis on listening skills, relationships between music and cultures, and music structures and forms.

MUS 360 History of Hip Hop Music (4) Hip-Hop Music, History, Culture, Aesthetics: Examines the history and evolution of hip-hop and rap music in the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

MUS 365 [399] Regional Topics in Ethnomusicology (4) Students will analyze the music-dance of a specified geographic/cultural region in relation to its culture. Local performance genres and social constructions will be covered, and course can be repeated for different geographic regions.

MUS 390 East European Folk Ensemble (4) Performance ensemble in which instrumentalists learn village-style folk dance music from Bulgaria, Macedonia, Serbia, Greece, and neighboring regions of Eastern Europe. R twice for maximum of 6 credits.

MUS 451/551 Introduction to Ethnomusicology (4) Study of world musics in their social and cultural contexts. Emphasis on comparing the varied approaches, ideas, and methods of selected American and European researchers since 1980.

MUS 452/552 Musical Instrument of the World (4) Examines instruments of the world in their cultural contexts. Covers cross-cultural issues and focuses on particular geographic areas. Includes films, recordings, live demonstrations.

MUS 453/553 Folk Music of the Balkans (4) Forms and styles of folk musics and dances in their cultural contexts in southeastern Europe: Albania, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Macedonia, Romania, Serbia.

MUS 454/554 Music of India (4) Classical music traditions of North and South India with some discussion of dance, rural folk music, and popular film music; participatory music making and demonstrations by visiting artists.

MUS 457/547 Native American Music (4) Survey of ceremonial, powwow, folk, and contemporary music; women’s musical traditions; Native American film music. Powwow drumming and singing in indigenous languages, taught by a Native American. Offered summer session only.

MUS 458/558 Celtic Music (4) Explores music and culture of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and Brittany. History, culture, and both modern and old performance styles studied.

MUS 459/559 African Music (4) Authentic musical instruments, repertoire, and recordings illustrate how different societies use music to express identity in a contemporary and ever-changing Africa. Traditional and recent popular styles. Offered summer session only. Addison.

MUS 460/560 Music and Gender (4) Examines the role of gender in shaping the music that is created, performed, taught, and listened to in representative cultures of the world, including the West.

MUS 462/562 Popular Music in the Africa Diaspora (4) Examines social and historical contexts of popular music in the African diaspora from the 20th century on. Geographic focus is North America, the Caribbean, and Africa. Fenn.

Index of Folklore-Related Courses by Department

The following list presents courses that may be of interest to students in the Folklore Program. Students are encouraged to explore additional folklore-related courses at the University of Oregon in these and other departments.


Exploring Other Cultures: [Topic] (ANTH 310

Native North Americans (ANTH 320)

Archaeology of Ancient Cities (ANTH 347)

Culture and Psychology (ANTH 413/513)

Field Methods in Cultural Anthropology (ANTH 417)

Culture, Illness, and Healing (ANTH 420/520)

Anthropology of Gender (ANTH 421/521)

Native South Americans (ANTH 434/534)

Art History

Critical Approaches to Art-Historical Study (ARH 300)

Arts and Administration

Art and Human Values (AAD 250)

Arts Program Theory (AAD422/522)

Museum Education (AAD 429/529)

Youth Arts Curriculum and Methods (AAD 530)

Art in Society (AAD 450/550)

Community cultural Development (AAD 451/551)

Cultural Policy in Art (AAD 462/562)

Marketing the Arts (AAD 465/565)

Cultural Administration (AAD 612)

Asian Studies

Perspectives on Asian Studies: [Topic] (ASIA 611)

Issues in Asian Studies: [Topic] (ASIA 612)

Chinese Studies

Introduction to Chinese Film (CHN 151)

Introduction to Chinese Popular Culture (CHN 152)

Gender and Sexuality in Traditional Chinese Literature (CHN 350)

Gender and Sexuality in Modern Chinese Literature (CHN 351)

Self and Society in Traditional Chinese Literature (CHN 380)

Chinese Film and Theory (CHN 452/552)


Gender and Sexuality in Antiquity (CLAS 314)

Comparative Literature

Comparative Comics (COLT 370)


Dance in Traditional Cultures: Africa : [Topic]  (DAN 301)

East Asian Language and Literature

China: A Cultural Odyssey (EALL 210)

Japan: A Cultural Odyssey (EALL 211)


Women Writer’s Cultures: [Topic] (ENG 315)

Comparative Ethnic American Literatures (ENG 364)

Experimental Course: [Topic] (ENG 410)

The Age of Beowulf (ENG 423)

Race and Representation in Film: [Topic] (ENG 488/588)

Feminist Film Criticism (ENG 496/596)

Feminist Literary Theory (ENG 497/597)

Ethnic Studies

Women of Color: Issues and Concerns (ES 330)

Race and Ethnicity and the Law: [Topic] (ES 452/552)

History of Native American Education (ES 456/556)

Interdisciplinary Research methods (ES 498)


Geography of Globalization (GEOG 342)

Culture, Society, and Place (GEOG 343)

Political Geography (GEOG 441)

Urban Geography (GEOG 442/542)

Culture, Ethnicity, and Nationalism (GEOG 445/545)

North American Cultural Landscapes (GEOG 471/571)

German Studies

German Cinema: History, Theory, Practice (GER 355)

German Fairy Tales (GER 356) The German fairy tale in historical, cross-cultural, and theoretical context, from the Brothers Grimm and romantic tales to adaptations by Tchaikovsky and Sendak. Ostmeier.

German Culture and Society: [Topic] (GER 440/540)


African American History (HIST 250, 251)

Precolonial Africa (HIST 325)

Colonial and Postcolonial Africa (HIST 326)

The American West (HIST 466/566, 467/567)

American Indian History (HIST 469/569)

American Environmental History: [Topic] (HIST 473/573)

Latin America’s Indian Peoples (HIST 482/582)

Medicine and Society in Premodern Japan (HIST 491/591)

Historic Preservation

Building Construction History (AAAP 410/510)

Introduction to Historic Preservation (AAAP 411/511)

Historic Survey and Inventory Methodology (451/551)

Humanities Program

Food in Chinese Culture (HUM 399)

International Studies

Africa Today (INTL 345)

Gender and International Development (INTL 421)

Cross-Cultural Communication (INTL 431/531)

Indigenous Cultural Survival (INTL 432/532)

Childhood in Cross-Cultural Perspective (INTL 433/533)

Comparative “Tribalisms” (INTL 447/547)

Japanese Studies

Gender in Japanese Literature and Film (JPN 407/507)

Experimental Course: [Topic] (JPN 410/510)

Journalism and Communication

Introduction to Communications Studies (J314)

Women, Minorities, and Media (J320)

Digital Video Production (J 331)

International Communication (J 396)

Issues in Communication Studies: [Topic] (J 412/512)

Communication Studies Capstone (J 413)

Survey of the Documentary (J 416/516)

Documentary Production (J 421/521)

Communication Ethics and Law: [Topic] (J 496/596)

Qualitative Research Methods (J 641)

Cultural Approaches to Communication (J 648)

Judaic Studies

American Jewish Cultures (JDST 330)

Landscape Architecture

Contemporary American Landscape (LA 375)


Special Studies: Language Issues in International Studies (LING 399)


Popular Musics in a Global Context (MUS 250)

Music in World Cultures (MUS 358)

Music of the Americas (MUS 359)

Hip-Hop Music: History, Culture, Aesthetics (MUS 360)

East European Folk Ensemble (MUS 390/690)

Chamber Ensemble (MUS 394/694)

Interface Between Oral & Written American Music (MUS 407/507)

Seminar on Local Music Fieldwork (MUS 407/507)

Introduction to Ethnomusicology (MUS 451/551)

Musical Instruments of the World (MUS 452/552)

Folk Music of the Balkans (MUS 453/553)

Music of India (MUS 454/554)

Political Science

Art and the State (PS 301)

Religious Studies

Chinese Religions (REL 302)

Japanese Religions (REL 303)

Sex/Gender Christianity (REL 426)

Romance Languages

20th-century Latin American Literature: [Topic] (SPAN 490/590)

Scandinavian Studies

Vikings through the Icelandic Sagas (SCAN 259)

Nordic Cinema (SCAN 315)

Emergence of Nordic Cultures and Society (SCAN 340)

Topics in Scandinavian Literature (SCAN 352)


Introduction to Social Psychology (SOC 328)

Race, Class, and Ethnic Groups (SOC 345)

Sociology of Race Relations (SOC 445/545)

Sociology of Religion (SOC 461/561)

Systems of War and Peace (SOC 464)

Theatre Arts

Multicultural Theater (TA 472/572)

Women’s and Gender Studies

Feminist Perspectives: Identity, Race, Culture (WGS 321)

Women’s Literature, Art, and Society (WGS 352)

Sexuality Studies: [Topic] (WGS 422/522)