Folklore is the study of the practices of everyday life, in the past and in the present. It is both old and new, and is as much concerned with the Internet and the experience of modern city life, as with traditional, rural communities.
Folklore deals with life from the cradle to the grave. It explores people’s pastimes and festivals, their customs, stories and beliefs. The Chinese celebration of New Year in Ireland, for example, is of interest to the Irish folklorist today just as much as the traditional celebration of Halloween.
The BA degree in UCD (DN500) may be taken as a Joint Honours or a Single Honours Degree. Joint Honours' students take two subjects to degree level (and indicate<
Foreign language options with this course
There are options to study a language as part of this course. The following option(s) may be selected:
This course prepares you for working in the Career Sectors below. Follow the links to get a fuller understanding of the sectors you are preparing for.
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PLC courses leading to the following QQI Major Awards may be used for entry into this course.
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|Note: Information for 2019 Entry|
|Old Code||New Code||Award Title|
|5M0536||Computer Systems and Networks|
|5M18519||Film and Television Production|
|DCHSC||5M2009||Early Childhood Care and Education|
|ELESX||5M2073||Language and European Studies|
|ECHSX||5M2154||Cultural and Heritage Studies|
|EASSX||5M2181||Applied Social Studies|
|EETXX||5M3635||Education and Training|
|DCHSX||5M4468||Community Health Services|
|DTXXX||5M5011||Tourism with Business|
|ETFPX||5M5158||Film and Television Production|
|5M5165||Trade Union Studies|
|6M0695||Computer Systems and Networks|
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The Student - Career Interests
This course is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests. If these interests do not describe you, this course may prepare you for work you may not find satisfying.
The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with sophiscticated technology. These types prefer mentally stimulating environments and often pay close attention to developments in their chosen field.
The Linguistic's interests are usually focused on ideas and information exchange. They tend to like reading a lot, and enjoy discussion about what has been said. Some will want to write about their own ideas and may follow a path towards journalism, story writing or editing. Others will develop skills in other languages, perhaps finding work as a translator or interpreter. Most Linguistic types will enjoy the opportunity to teach or instruct people in a topic they are interested in.
There is an opportunity for students to study abroad for part of their degree.
The study of Irish Folklore is ideal for careers in:
- Heritage-related organisations
- The media
- Areas related to Irish studies and ethnic studies
A degree in Folklore is of particular relevance to anyone interested in popular culture, tradition and society.