I am curently attending Old Dominion University in Norfolk Virginia. I have the opportunity to study abroad in Cork Ireland in the course of Irish folklore. Folklore is often understood as a hallmark of Irish culture, and the Department of Folklore at Univeristy College Cork is ideally placed to offer unique perspectives and insights into Irish life, popular culture, and traditions.
The semester in Irish Folklore and Tradition offers an opportunity to students to begin the study of everyday life in Ireland, in all of its rich diversity and vast range of cultural expressions. Folklore, like its synonym popular culture, makes a study of everyday life, and represents the folkloric expressions of both past and present alike. It studies life from the bottom up, looking at how people lived their day-to-day lives – their houses, technologies, stories, rituals, beliefs, religion and cosmological understandings.
Students will explore key aspects of the study of folklore including:
- Oral Literature
- Narrative and Story
- Popular Religion
- Popular Material Culture
The total cost of this program is $18,200 which covers housing, food, medical insurance, excursions, cultural and social activities, and of course- tuition for 12 credits.