BA (Hons) (NFQ Level 8) OR BSc (Hons) NFQ Level 8)
Full Time - Undergraduate Studies
CAO Code: DN520 BA Joint Honours
CAO Points Range 2021: 356
Length of Course: 3 Years (4 years BA International)
Average Intake: 420
CAO Code: DN700 BSc Social Sciences
CAO Points Range 2021: 465
Length of Course: 4 Years
Average Intake: 525
DN520 – O6/H7 in English, Irish, a third language and three other recognised subjects.
DN700 – O6/H7 in English, Irish, Mathematics and three other recognised subjects.
Why is this course for me?
Studying folklore involves the study of traditional popular culture, in the past and in the present. It is primarily concerned with the history and culture of ordinary people, and with the evolution and role of tradition at vernacular level. As an academic discipline, folklore (or ethnology) involves the exploration of oral literature, social tradition, material culture, popular belief and practice, as well as traditional music and song.
It explores the dynamics of communal memory and of culture as a collective phenomenon. It looks at the nature of popular tradition and the way in which such tradition is transmitted, usually outside of official channels and often across vast distances of time and space. The course investigates Irish folklore as a local expression of international cultural phenomena, making the subject particularly suitable for international students.
Career & Graduate Study Opportunities
A degree in Irish Folklore is of relevance to anyone interested in popular culture, tradition and society, and their interconnections. It provides an excellent basis for careers in:
- Heritage bodies and institutions
- Community organisations and local development initiatives
- Media & Journalism
- Areas related to Irish studies, local studies & ethnic studies.
Graduates are prepared to pursue MA and Diploma courses in Irish Folklore at graduate level, as well as MLitt and PhD studies, specialising in one of the many areas of the subject.
What Will I Study
In first year, modules allow you to explore the nature and context of folklore, and provide you with a general introduction to the wide range of topics involved. You will be introduced to key texts on Irish folklore, and to some of the principal sources of information on the subject.
- Introduction to Folklore
- Folklore & the Imagination
Second & Final Years
Irish Folklore is taught in lectures, with additional tutorials in several modules. Classes are in English. Prior knowledge of the Irish language is not required, however, students will find it beneficial in some areas of the subject. Modules include:
- The Study of Folklore: Origins & Development
- Material Culture
- Social Life & Legend
- The Narrative Art
- Healers & Healing
- Music & Words: Identity in the Irish Context
Assessment in all modules involves a combination of in-semester assignment work and an end-of-semester exam.
UCD houses the award-winning UNESCO National Folklore Collection. It is recognised as one of Europe’s largest archives of oral and cultural history and is committed to collecting and documenting the folklore and folk customs of all Irish communities, past and present.
How Will I Study
|Study Irish Folklore|
as a Joint Major with one of the subjects below:
|Study Irish Folklore (BSc Social Sciences) as a minor with:|
International Study Opportunities
There are opportunities for students to spend a year studying abroad while pursuing their BA in Irish Folklore. Possibilities include Europe, Canada and the United States.
“Studying Irish Folklore, I am able to explore a broad range of topics, from folktales and calendar customs, to oral history and folk medicine. Moreover, this course offered me a brand-new perspective. I realized that many things we see or experience every day but hardly pay attention to, such as lucky charms, internet memes and children’s games, are in fact worth recording and analysing, as they can give us a unique insight into our society and mind-set.”
Lily He Zhou, Student