IRFL40190 Advanced Research 2

Academic Year 2022/2023

This module is directed towards enabling students to develop their research skills with regard to archival and printed sources, and fieldwork, culminating in the production of an original research dissertation. The module consists of a series of research seminars and small group sessions on various folklore and ethnological topics, provided by staff, visiting lecturers and/or graduate students. Each research seminar is of approximately two hours duration and involves a lecture/presentation followed by discussion. The small group sessions will focus on research methods, sources, theories and fieldwork. Students will be encouraged to conduct their own fieldwork as part of their dissertation research. Special emphasis is placed throughout the module on the resources and archives of the National Folklore Collection. It should be noted that in the academic year 2021/2022, however, access to the National Folklore Collection will probably be restricted due to ongoing issues relating to public health.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module, the student should be able to:

1. Access and navigate the principal indexes and research tools necessary for the in-depth study of Irish Folklore.
2. Evaluate and select the most valuable sources for the purposes of furthering their own research.
3. Demonstrate a familiarity with the basic methodology of folkloristics, and with a variety of theoretical approaches to the subject.
4. Proceed with their own research in a creative and confident manner on the basis of their acquired knowledge and expertise.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Small Group


Seminar (or Webinar)


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 seminars followed by group discussion.

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.

Fieldwork usually forms a part of teaching in this module, although this aspect of the module may very possibly be impacted by health restrictions in the academic year 2021-2022.

The module is assessed on the basis of a dissertation written by the student on a research topic of their choice, under the guidance of a member of the teaching staff. 
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
Essay: End-of-semester dissertation. Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
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, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback on their research dissertation is provided to students throughout the semester through regular consultation with teaching staff members.

Name Role
Mr Críostoír Mac Cárthaigh Lecturer / Co-Lecturer