IRFL40150 Folklore in Focus: themes and case studies

Academic Year 2022/2023

In the course of this module, students will have the opportunity to examine specific aspects of Irish Folklore in detail. The module will be delivered collaboratively by members of the teaching staff and other academics in the field of Irish Folklore, and the subjects examined will include the long-standing and vibrant connection between Folklore and the Arts in Ireland, traditional music with a particular emphasis on aspects of its development in the contemporary period, the relationship between written literature, creative writing and oral narrative, and traditions of the Irish Travelling community and their representation in the National Folklore Collection. Classes will be based on specialized work carried out in these areas by the lecturers in question and by others, as examples of the research potential and the academic reach of Irish Folklore.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module, students will:

• have expanded their understanding of the nature of folklore and popular tradition, of the processes involved in their transmission, and of the function of tradition at a collective level;
• have acquired a detailed knowledge of a number of areas of Irish Folklore which serve to showcase the richness and complexity of the subject, as well as having relevance to aspects of current discourse and discussion in public life;
• have acquired a distinctive and valuable perspective on the relationship between folklore, traditional music, contemporary literature and the arts.
• have enhanced their ability to appreciate and interpret the subtleties and nuances of popular tradition and folklore;
• have increased their understanding of the relationship between the study of folklore and the application of that work in the wider community.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Teaching in the module is geared towards the promotion of a spirit of enquiry among students and towards encouraging them to develop a reflective approach to their studies. Teaching is carried out in small-group classes and, in the academic year 2021/22, it is expected that classes will be delivered in person rather than online. 
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
Assignment: Research assignment on one of a choice of topics explored in the module. Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Assignment: Research assignment on one of a choice of topics explored in the module. Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring 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-semester continuous assessment component, enabling students to draw on feedback provided for the earlier in-semester component to improve their performance in the later component.

Name Role
Dr Tiber Falzett Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Kelly Fitzgerald Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Mr Críostoír Mac Cárthaigh Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Eilis Ní Dhuibhne Almquist Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Ríonach Uí Ógáin Lecturer / Co-Lecturer