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IRFL20050

Academic Year 2022/2023

Healers and Healing (IRFL20050)

Subject:
Irish Folklore
College:
Arts & Humanities
School:
Irish, Celtic Stud & Folklore
Level:
2 (Intermediate)
Credits:
5
Module Coordinator:
Dr Kelly Fitzgerald
Trimester:
Spring
Mode of Delivery:
On Campus
Internship Module:
No
How will I be graded?
Letter grades

Curricular information is subject to change.

This course examines the practice of folk medicine in Ireland, in the past and in the present. Irish popular tradition includes a great richness of material on this subject, encompassing a wide range of healing agents and media, from botanical remedies to prescribed rituals and actions, and from specific locations to particular individuals who were credited with special powers. The importance of ritual behaviour will be examined, as will the position of the healer in the community. The course will look at what we might learn about the dynamics of popular tradition, and the ways in which popular tradition functions, from an examination of folk healing practices. The remarkable resilience of many such practices will also be explored.

Teaching in the module is carried out in lectures. It is geared towards the promotion of a spirit of enquiry among students and towards encouraging them to develop a reflective approach to their studies.

We are hoping that teaching will be carried out face-to-face in the academic year 2021/22. Students should note that this situation may change depending on public health restrictions, however.

Assessment will take the form of an in-term assignment and an end-of-term assignment.

About this Module

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of the module, students should be able to:

1. Indicate a knowledge of the principal types of traditional popular medicine found in Ireland.
2. Discuss the role of the healer in the community.
3. Demonstrate an understanding of the processes involved in traditional healing rites and rituals.
4. Identify and analyse the way in which a collective dynamic can be seen to operate in the field of folk medicine.

Student Effort Hours:
Student Effort Type Hours
Lectures

22

Specified Learning Activities

32

Autonomous Student Learning

46

Total

100


Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Teaching in the module is carried out in lectures. It is geared towards the promotion of a spirit of enquiry among students and towards encouraging them to develop a reflective approach to their studies.

We are hoping that teaching will be carried out face-to-face in the academic year 2021/22. Students should note that this situation may change depending on public health restrictions, however.

Assessment will take the form of an in-term assignment and an end-of-term assignment.

Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.


Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
 

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Continuous Assessment: In-trimester assignment. Week 6 n/a Graded No

50

No
Essay: End-of-trimester assignment. Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No

50

No

Carry forward of passed components
No
 

Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 

Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback in this module is centred around the in-trimester component, enabling students to draw on feedback provided for the in-trimester component to improve their performance in the later component.