The following represents the range of courses available to students in Folklore Studies at the University of Oregon. In addition to FLR classes, our core faculty and 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 Folklore & Sport (4). As a focus of folkloric study, sports as a cultural complex crosses the arbitrary boundaries of official culture, pop culture, and folk culture categories. Considered historically, sports tells the stories of cultures across time, revealing our own cultural evolution and often encouraging shifts in cultural attitudes and norms. Politically, sports often serves as means of creating and maintaining social and political relationships. Culturally, sports is a valuable mirror revealing both positive and negative worldviews and attitudes from the smallest communities to global nation-states. This course will explore the interrelationship of sports, culture, history, society, and politics, analyzing the intersection of folklore and sports in human history and particularly as part of the American cultural landscape. Baumann
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, Iddrisu
FLRD, A&L, IC, ENGL major 1
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
FLRD, A&L, IC, ENGL
FLR 236 Magic in Middle Ages (4). This course is an examination of the period often considered the most “magical,” the Middle Ages. Looking at the practices of medieval western Europe, particularly Britain, we will examine how medieval culture defined magic, what they hoped to achieve by practicing (or forbidding) magic, and how magic provides an insight into the medieval understanding of how the universe worked. Along the way we will investigate the medieval origins of two modern American holidays, Hallowe’en and Christmas. The course will also cover medieval witches, as well as elves, fairies, and other small beings. We will also examine the role of magic in fiction — the origin of modern fantasy and superhero stories — and reflect on what that suggests about our relationship to the world. Finally, we will look at some of the modern legacies of medieval thought about magic, from modern practices such as throwing coins in fountains to “new religions” such as Wicca and neo-paganism. The study of medieval magic will allow us to understand the role of magic in both the medieval and the modern world and give us the tools to give informed opinions about modern controversies. Bayless
FLR 245 Folklore and the Pacific Northwest (4). The Pacific Northwest is a rich resource of folkloric phenomena. The region features unique foodways, local economies, linguistic anomalies, vernacular architecture and fashion, and a sense of place some term “Cascadia” and others term the Northwest. This course is a survey of the rich folkloric materials found in the Pacific Northwest, with an inclusion of introductory Folklore theory. Students will learn to explore a wide variety of subjects and issues through research and collection of cultural materials, critical analysis of findings, and clear and cohesive presentation of their interpretations of their work. This course will focus on the specific geographic region of the Pacific Northwest exploring and analyzing the range of diverse populations, cultural materials and expressions unique to this region. Students will learn to categorize folkloric phenomena by genre: customary practices, oral traditions and expressions, and material artifacts. Focused on the intersections between cultures and regions within the Pacific Northwest, we will pay particular attention to diverse communities of people throughout the region, including but not limited to ethnically diverse populations, rural and urban communities, and politically diverse cultural groups. The influence of Latino immigration and population growth along with the rich cultural content within African-American, Asian, and Native American communities will be considered. Baumann, Gilman, Wojcik
FLRE, A&L, AC
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, Baumann
Required for Majors, A&L, IP, ENGL major 1
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
FLRE, A&L, IP, ENGL major 1
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, ENGE major 1, ENGJ major 2
FLR 350 Folklore and the Bible (4). 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. Offered alternate years. Dugaw
FLRP, A&L, ENGL
FLR 365 Seminar: Folklore Research Methods (4) Fieldwork is a vital component of Folklore research and scholarship. This course introduces students to theoretical and practical approaches to fieldwork methods in addition to providing instruction in library and archival research skills. Students will be introduced to a multiplicity of perspectives and strategies informing the development of research collection, proposal construction, fieldwork and interviewing practices, and completion and presentation of fieldwork projects. Students will be introduced to folkloric categories of research including material culture, oral culture, textual culture, and performance theory. Fieldwork methods are the central research tools of the Folklore discipline. Students will build skill sets and vocabulary, develop analytical tools, and learn to build rapport and collaborate with interviewees through investigation of local community individuals and groups. Students will learn to identify key folkloric concepts through real life experiences, and represent these collaborations through oral and written communication and presentations. Offered winter term. Baumann, Gilman, Wojcik
Required for Major
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
FLRE, A&L, IP, ENGE major 1, ENGG major 2, ENGJ major 2
FLR 399 Children’s Folklore (4) This course focuses on the culture of children by examining children’s traditions and the ways in which those traditions intersect with popular culture. Materials to be examined include games, stories, songs, rhymes and other verbal routines. Baumann
FLR 407/507 Sem 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 Environmentalism (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 The Medieval Feast in Theory and Practice (4). People often study only one aspect of the Middle Ages at a time: the literature alone, or the people, or the food, or the entertainment. In this course we’ll study the breadth of late medieval life, centered on a particular occasion in a particular time and place: a feast held at Barley Hall, in York, England, in 1483. We’ll look at the images, literature and meaning of medieval feasts, incorporating other aspects of medieval life such as clothing and entertainment, thinking about all these aspects from the point of view of anthropology, history, and cultural analysis, and culminating in an actual reenactment of the feast. Bayless
FLR 410/510 Native American Folklore (4) Native American peoples and communities are experiencing great changes, and continue to face daunting challenges. The study of Native American “folklore” can be greatly enhanced by an understanding of Native cultures and societies, contemporary cultural expressiveness and revitalization. This course explores cultural self-identity and folkloric expression within Native American cultures and communities. We will focus primarily on contemporary Native cultural expression and identity, examining the importance of language, music, revitalization efforts, literature, foodways, and more. We will also consider the impact of outsider characterization of Native peoples, and the difficulties that can arise when trying to situate Native American cultural study within the matrix of folklore theory. Baumann
FLR 410/510 Oral Traditions in Ancient & Modern Culture (4) In this course we’ll explore the old and new examples of the oldest form of literature—literature composed, told, and transmitted orally. We’ll look at examples ranging from the Odyssey, Beowulf, and the medieval Irish epic, The Táin, to fairy tales, jokes, and urban legends. In these we’ll examine the ways memory and cognition shape form and narrative, and how oral literature has been used for thousands of years to enlighten, communicate, and entertain. Bayless
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
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
FLRP, FLRE, IC, ENGE major 1, ENGJ major 2
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 414/514 Mythology/Mod Fant Fic (4) Examines the folklore and literary sources that inspired writers such as J. R. R Tolkien, Neil Gaiman, and George R. R. Martin and gave rise to modern fantasy fiction. Summer only. Gurley
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. Offered second or third year. 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 450/550 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 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
FLRP, IP, ENGB major 1, ENGE major 1, ENGJ major 2
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 608 Workshop: Writing & Professionalization (1) Designed for graduate students, this course will cover the basics of creating proposals, prospecti, strategies for constructing a thesis, the art of the academic interview, identifying doctoral programs, and application strategies. Baumann
FLR 610 Theories in Performance Studies (5) 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
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 620 Medieval Popular Narratives (5) This class will look at the cultural and literary significance of tales normally overlooked by modern scholarship: the legends, rumors, and scandals of the Middle Ages. These are the medieval equivalents of the National Enquirer or TV tabloid journalism, sensationalist and wildly popular. We will examine their relation to cultural anxieties, “effort after meaning,” and the love of a good story. Primary texts include chronicles, medieval biography, and tales of adventure and the supernatural, against the backdrop of more canonical works. Secondary literature will include scholarship on memes, folklore, the sociology of rumor, and the science of memory. Bayless
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.
FLRP, A&L, IP
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.
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.
FLRE, SSC, IC
ANTH 119 Anthropology & Aliens (4) Examines how anthropology and speculative fiction have mutually constituted each other historically as each explores culture and society, and what makes us human. Scher
ANTH 161 World Cultures (4) A first look into the work of cultural anthropology and an introduction to the cultural diversity of the world.
FLRD, SSC, IC
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.
FLRD, SSC, IP
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.
FLRD, SSC, IC
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 410 Critical Heritage Studies (4) Scher
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 Art History Department
ARH 407 Sem Fossils & Folklore (4)
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.
FLRP, A&L, IC
GER 407 Magic, Uncanny, Surrealistic and Fantastic Tales (4)
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.
FLRE, A&L, IC, MDEL
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.
FLRE, A&L, IP
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.
FLRD, A&L, IC
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.
FLRD, A&L, AC
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.
FLRP, A&L, AC
MUS 365  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 407/507 Sem Hip Hop Studies (4)
MUS 407/507 Sem Mus Perf Africa (4) Iddrisu
MUS 410/510 Andean Music Ensemble (4)
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 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 African 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.
Folklore Courses in Women’s and Gender Studies
WGS 321 Feminist Perspectives: Identity/Race/Culture (4) This course examines the ways in which race, class, gender, and sexuality intersect to form systems of inequality, formations of identity, and sites for political agency. Multi-racial interdisciplinary feminist perspectives have interrogated the politics within feminist discussions to re-center intersecting identities to better understand the histories, experiences, and the contemporary politics of women of color. This challenge to both the academy and institutional systems has called for a complication of monolithic assumptions within the “study of women.” The readings emphasize theoretical dialogues confronting the complexities of inclusion/exclusion in feminism, first/third world constructions, and difference within difference that further complicate our assumptions of identity, community, and culture. Such frameworks through the course include, but are not limited to; indigenous feminisms, critical race theory, borderlands, and globalization. Through film and literary narratives students will have the opportunity to critically analyze the social positions, representations, and political projects centering the lives and experiences of women of color. Teves
SSC, AC, FLRD
WGS 410/510 Native Feminisms (4) This course examines the foundational and aspirational trajectory of Native feminist scholarship. We will begin by questioning the usefulness of gender as a category of analysis within Native communities and how Native women have responded to feminism. We will trace the intellectual origins of Native feminisms, each week reading a key text in recent publication. With an emphasis on the praxis of Native feminism, we will cover a range of indigenous contexts, but focus primarily on the Americas and the Indigenous Pacific. Topics explored include cultural revitalization and gender roles, change and continuity under cycles of colonialism and settler-colonialism, the connection between colonialism and sexual violence in Native communities, debates over citizenship and sovereignty, and contemporary Native gender roles and identities. Teves
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.
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.
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)
Native South Americans (ANTH 434/534)
Critical Approaches to Art-Historical Study (ARH 300)
Seminar Fossils & Folklore (ARH 407/507)
Art and Human Values (AAD 250)
Cultural Progamming (AAD 421/521)
Museum Education (AAD 429/529)
Youth Arts Curriculum and Methods (AAD 430/530)
Art in Society (AAD 450/550)
Community Cultural Development (AAD 451/551)
Perspectives on Asian Studies: [Topic] (ASIA 611)
Introduction to Chinese Film (CHN 151)
Introduction to Chinese Popular Culture (CHN 152)
Chinese Film and Theory (CHN 452/552)
Gender and Sexuality in Antiquity (CLAS 314)
Comparative Comics (COLT 370)
Dance in Traditional Cultures: Africa : [Topic] (DAN 301)
China: A Cultural Odyssey (EALL 210)
Japan: A Cultural Odyssey (EALL 211)
Experimental Course: [Topic] (ENG 410)
The Age of Beowulf (ENG 423)
Race and Representation in Film: [Topic] (ENG 488/588)
Women of Color: Issues and Concerns (ES 330)
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)
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 Environmental History: [Topic] (HIST 473/573)
Latin America’s Indian Peoples (HIST 482/582)
Medicine and Society in Premodern Japan (HIST 491/591)
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)
Experimental Course: [Topic] (JPN 410/510)
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)
American Jewish Cultures (JDST 330)
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)
Chamber Ensemble (MUS 394/694)
Introduction to Ethnomusicology (MUS 451/551)
Musical Instruments of the World (MUS 452/552)
Art and the State (PS 301)
Chinese Religions (REL 302)
Japanese Religions (REL 303)
Sex/Gender Christianity (REL 426)
20th-century Latin American Literature: [Topic] (SPAN 490/590)
Vikings through the Icelandic Sagas (SCAN 259)
Nordic Cinema (SCAN 315)
Self and Society (SOC 328)
Race and Ethnicity (SOC 345)
Sociology of Race Relations (SOC 445/545)
Sociology of Religion (SOC 461/561)
Systems of War and Peace (SOC 464)
Multicultural Theater (TA 472/572)
Gender, Literature, and Culture (WGS 352)
Sexuality Studies: [Topic] (WGS 422/522)