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Folklore and Mythology Courses

Lower Division Courses

15. Introduction to American Folklore Studies. Lecture/discussion. Cultural/historical survey of role of folklore in development of American civilization and of influence of the American experience in shaping folklore in American society; attention also to representative areas of inquiry and analytical procedures.

88. Poetics of Myth. Seminar, three hours; outside study, nine hours. Exploration of categories myth and mythology as they have been formulated, applied, and expanded in both Western and non-Western traditions from time of ancient Sumer to the present.

Upper Division Courses

101. Introduction to Folklore. Survey of various forms of folklore and examination of their historical and social significance.

C105. Perspectives in American Folklore Research. Lecture, three hours. Prerequisite: course 101 or consent of instructor. Examination of American folklore studies compared and contrasted with investigations in other countries, with emphasis on principal conceptual schemes and research orientations employed in study of folklore in American society. Concurrently scheduled with course CM205.

CM106. Anglo-American Folk Song. (Same as English M111B and Ethnomusicology M124.) Survey of Anglo-American balladry and folk song, with attention to historical development, ethnic background, and poetic and musical values. May be concurrently scheduled with course C206.

C107. Folklore in Urban Environments. Lecture, three hours. Prerequisites: course 15 or 101 and/or consent of instructor. Exploration of expressive and symbolic dimensions of complex urban life, focusing on how immigrants, migrants, residents, and workers shape their experiences through dynamic interplay of community, ethnicity, culture, and religion. Concurrently scheduled with course C207.

108. Afro-American Folklore and Culture. Prerequisite: course 101 or consent of instructor. Study of traditional genres or forms of Afro-American folklore and their cultural functions.

M111. Literature of Myth and Oral Tradition. (Same as English M111A.) Prerequisite: satisfaction of Subject A requirement. Study of myth, dramatic origins, oral epic, folktale, and ballad, emphasizing Indo-European and Semitic examples.

M112. Survey of Medieval Celtic Literature. (Same as English M111E.) Prerequisite: satisfaction of Subject A requirement. Knowledge of Irish or Welsh not required. General course dealing with Celtic literature from earliest times to the 14th century.

113. The Arthurian Tradition. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Survey of traditions related to British King Arthur from medieval times to the present day. Coverage includes both oral traditions and written texts; attention also to modern versions of Arthurian material in other mediums (e.g., opera, film).

118. Folk Art, Folklife, and Material Culture. Prerequisite: junior standing. General course concerned with folk art, aesthetics, and material culture and with theoretical concepts and methodologies utilized in their analysis.

M119. Fairy Tales in Literature and Society (5 units). (Same as German M119I.) Lecture, four hours. History and reception of folklore collections in Europe, with particular attention to ideology and influence of Grimms' tales. Study and interpretation of selected tales in English and their transformations and appropriation in literature, film, advertising, and pedagogy.

M121. British Folklore and Mythology. (Same as English M111C.) Prerequisites: satisfaction of Subject A requirement, junior standing. Survey of folklore of the peoples of Britain, with attention to their history, function, and regional differences.

M122. Celtic Mythology. (Same as English M111D.) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Survey of early materials, chiefly literary, for study of mythic traditions of the Celtic peoples, ranging from ancient Gaul to medieval Ireland and Wales.

124. Finnish Folk Art and Technology. Material manifestations of Finnish folk culture: village layout and architecture, folk technology, arts and crafts, textiles, costumes, and design.

M126. Baltic and Slavic Folklore and Mythology. (Same as Slavic M179.) Lecture, three hours. General course for students interested in folklore and mythology and for those interested in Indo-European mythic antiquities.

M127. Celtic Folklore. (Same as English M111F.) Prerequisite: course 101 or consent of instructor. Folkloric traditions of modern Ireland, Scotland, and other Celtic countries, with attention to current techniques of folkloristic research.

M128. Hungarian Folklore and Mythology. (Same as Hungarian M135.) General course for students in folklore and mythology, with emphasis on types of folklore and varieties of folklore research.

M129. Folklore and Mythology of the Ugric Peoples. (Same as Hungarian M136.) Survey of traditions of the smaller Ugric nationalities (Voguls, Ostyaks, etc.).

130. North American Indian Folklore and Mythology Studies. Prerequisite: course 101 or consent of instructor. Examination of folkloristic and mythological data recorded from various North American Indian peoples within contexts of principal ideological frameworks which have been evolved historically for analysis of such data.

131. Folklore of India. Prerequisite: course 101 or consent of instructor. Survey of folklore of India, with special reference to content and dissemination of oral epics, ballads, legends, and beliefs.

CM132. Celtic Folk Music. (Same as Ethnomusicol-ogy CM132.) Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Survey and analysis of indigenous traditional music in lands where a Celtic language is or was spoken into modern times. Instrumental and vocal genres, context and performance, social value and ideology. Concurrently scheduled with course CM232. P/NP or letter grading.

C136. Carnival and Festivity. Lecture, three hours; fieldwork, one hour; outside study, eight hours. History and ethnography of Carnival and related celebrations in Europe and the Americas. Topics include creolization of traditions; carnivalesque as a mode of bodily, political, and artistic behavior; carnival plays; politics of festival and street theater; representations of "Others." Concurrently scheduled with course C236. P/NP or letter grading.

M140. Italian Novella from Boccaccio to Basile. (Same as Italian M140.) Lecture, three hours; outside study, nine hours. Analysis of development of the Italian novella in its structure, historical context, and folk material. Special emphasis on how the Italian novella influenced other European literatures. P/NP or letter grading.

M142. Introduction to Jewish Folklore. (Same as Jewish Studies M143.) Nature of Jewish folklore; narrative, folk song, folk art, folk religion, and methods and perspectives used in their analysis.

C145. Applied Folkloristics. Prerequisite: junior standing. Introduction to methods and issues in application of folklore studies to such areas as education, health, museums, organization development, tourism, environmental planning, economic and community development, aging, art therapy, and public sector folklife. Concurrently scheduled with course C245.

M149. Folk Literature of the Hispanic World. (Same as Spanish M149.) Lecture, three hours. Study of history and present dissemination of principal forms of folk literature throughout the Hispanic countries.

M150. Russian Folk Literature. (Same as Russian M150.) Lecture, three hours. Lectures and readings in Russian.

M154A-M154B. African American Musical Heritage. (Same as Afro-American Studies M110A-M110B and Ethnomusicology M110A-M110B.) Study of African music and its impact on the Americas; survey of development of various African American musical genres from slave era to the present, including traditions in the West Indies and Central and South America.

M155. Oral Traditions in Africa. (Same as English M111G.) Prerequisite: upper division standing. Survey of African folk traditions: folktale, epic, heroic poetry, and folk song.

163. Folklore and Oral History. Prerequisite: junior standing. Examination of relationships between folk tradition and oral history; how history may be derived from tradition; how traditions are embedded in historical sources; how the folk traditionalize history to reflect their point of view.

C165. Film and Folklore. Prerequisite: junior standing. Introduction to film criticism and folklore methodology. Topics include early examples of folklore on film, changing conceptions of folklore and uses of films about folklore, and examples of films by, with, and for folklorists. Concurrently scheduled with course C265.

M170. Russian Folklore. (Same as Russian M170.) Lecture, three hours. Lectures and readings in English. General introduction to Russian folklore, including survey of genres and related folkloric phenomena.

172. Folklore in Ethnic Context. Prerequisite: course 15 or 101 or consent of instructor. Role of folklore in ethnic relations; processes by which ethnic folklore is generated, transmitted, and maintained by immigrant groups and subsequent generations.

C175. Food Customs and Symbolism. Prerequisite: junior standing. Introduction to foodways, with particular attention to customs and symbolism in America. Topics include sensory realm, child rearing practices, foodsharing, food and identity, food and its emotional significance, aversions and taboos, advertising, changing food habits, and the American diet. Concurrently scheduled with course C275.

M180. Analysis of Traditional Music. (Same as Ethnomusicology M180.) Intended for ethnomusicology, musicology, and folklore majors. Intensive study of methods and techniques necessary to understand traditional music.

M181. Folk Music of Western Europe. (Same as Ethnomusicology M126.) Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Introduction to forms and styles of traditional music in Western Europe. Historical and ethnological perspectives on this music combined with numerous recorded examples from major cultural subdivisions of the region.

M182. Japanese Folklore. (Same as Japanese M182.) Lecture, three hours. Knowledge of Japanese not required. Lectures/discussions on native religious rituals (festivals) and observances of the Japanese, with special emphasis on artistic behavior. Discussion of Shinto, Shinto/Buddhist syncretism, and other non-Buddhist belief systems found in Japan.

183. Korean Folklore. Lecture, three hours. Survey of Korean folklore and its perspectives and methods -- oral literature, performing folk arts, social folk custom, and material culture.

CM184. Dance and Folklore. (Same as World Arts and Cultures CM184.) Consideration of vernacular tradition as a site for cultural configuration, social construction, representation, and display of national, ethnic, and other affinity identities. Emphasis on various European and European-American dance idioms. Concurrently scheduled with course CM284.

M185. The Hero in the Bible and the Ancient Near East. (Same as Ancient Near East M194.) Lecture, three hours. Investigation of concepts of the hero/heroine in literatures of ancient Mesopotamia, Canaan, and Israel. Texts include epics of Gilgamesh and Aghat, Hebrew Bible, and New Testament. All texts read in translation.

190. Selected Topics in Folklore and Mythology Studies. Prerequisite: course 15 or 101 or consent of instructor. Proseminar focusing on selected problems, data, or themes in folklore and mythology studies. May be repeated twice for credit.

199. Special Studies in Folklore (2 to 4 units). Prerequisites: senior standing, consent of instructor.

Graduate Courses

200A. Folklore Bibliography, Theory, and Research Methods. (Formerly numbered 200A, 200B.) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Prerequisite: graduate standing in folklore and mythology or consent of instructor. Basic course in theory, current trends, and bibliography for folklore graduate students, including research techniques in contemporary folkloristics.

200B. Folklore Collecting and Field Research. (Formerly numbered 200C.) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Prerequisite: course 200A or consent of instructor. Discussion/demonstration of theoretical concepts and practical techniques of data gathering and field research in folklore.

M202. Folklore Archiving. (Same as Library and Information Science M202.) Lecture, two hours; laboratory, two hours. Exploration and analysis of alternative data indexing, storage, and retrieval systems and procedures for folklore archival collections, supplemented by firsthand experience in creating and managing databases, utilizing both manual and computerized techniques.

CM205. Perspectives in American Folklore Research. (Same as English M205.) Lecture, three hours. Prerequisite: course 101 or consent of instructor. Examination of American folklore studies compared and contrasted with investigations in other countries, with emphasis on principal conceptual schemes and research orientations employed in study of folklore in American society. Concurrently scheduled with course C105.

C206. Anglo-American Folk Song. Survey of Anglo-American balladry and folk song, with attention to historical development, ethnic background, and poetic and musical values. May be concurrently scheduled with course CM106.

C207. Folklore in Urban Environments. Lecture, three hours. Prerequisites: course 200A and/or consent of instructor. Exploration of expressive and symbolic dimensions of complex urban life, focusing on how immigrants, migrants, residents, and workers shape their experiences through dynamic interplay of community, ethnicity, culture, and religion. Concurrently scheduled with course C107.

208. Afro-American Folklore and Culture. Prerequisite: graduate standing. Theoretical and methodological constructs which have contributed to the body of black cultural expression in the U.S.

213. Folk Belief and Custom. Prerequisites: course 101 and one course from 118, M121, M122, 124, M126, M128, M149, M150, Anthropology 156, German 134, 240A, 240B, 240C. Study of beliefs and customs in the folk community: life cycle, calendrical and agricultural customs, and legal antiquities.

214. Ethnography of Humor. (Formerly numbered M214.) Lecture, three hours. Designed for graduate folklore and mythology students. Examination and analysis of selected humorous expressions and events in cross-cultural perspective, with emphasis on major psychological and sociocultural approaches to their study and interpretation.

215. Popular Legend. Prerequisite: course 200A or consent of instructor. Study of categories of legendry and their relation to myth, custom, ritual, popular beliefs, and ballads.

216. Folktale. Prerequisite: course 200A or consent of instructor.

217. Folk Speech. Lecture, three hours. Study of ethnography of communication and its relevance to study of social and regional dialects, proverbs, riddles, onomastics, folk poetry and verse, and traditional humor.

218. Folk Art, Craft, and Aesthetics. Lecture, three hours. Prerequisite: course 200A. Examination of research orientations and findings in regard to what has been called folk art, craft, and aesthetics. Major perspectives and areas of inquiry from latter part of the 19th century to the present.

228. Seminar: Topics in Celtic Folklore and Mythology. Seminar, three hours. Prerequisites: course 200A, coursework in Celtic studies. Preparation for advanced study of and research in important areas of Irish oral tradition and folklore/mythology scholarship. Possible topics include pagan Celtic Britain/Ireland; comparative Celtic mythology; Celtic origin legends; literary and oral saints' legends; the Irish Fenian (Ossianic) tradition of ballads (laoidhe/duain) and prose tales; "fairy" beliefs; collecting and archiving methods of the Irish Folklore Commission; folklore studies and nationalism.

M230A-M230B. Folk Tradition in Italian Literature. (Same as Italian M230A-M230B.) Lecture, two hours.

CM232. Celtic Folk Music. (Same as Ethnomusicology CM232.) Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Survey and analysis of indigenous traditional music in lands where a Celtic language is or was spoken into modern times. Instrumental and vocal genres, context and performance, social value and ideology. Concurrently scheduled with course CM132. S/U or letter grading.

M235. African Myth and Ritual. (Same as English M235.) Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Seminar on methods of analyzing African and African Diaspora myth and ritual.

C236. Carnival and Festivity. Lecture, three hours; fieldwork, one hour; outside study, eight hours. History and ethnography of Carnival and related celebrations in Europe and the Americas. Topics include creolization of traditions; carnivalesque as a mode of bodily, political, and artistic behavior; carnival plays; politics of festival and street theater; representations of "Others." Concurrently scheduled with course C136. S/U or letter grading.

240. Introduction to Jewish Folk Literature. Prerequisites: upper division standing and consent of instructor, or graduate standing. Examination of both historic and generic methods used in study of Jewish folk literature.

M241. Folklore and Mythology of the Near East. (Same as Near Eastern Languages M241.) Prerequisite: course 101 or equivalent.

M243A. The Ballad. (Same as English M243A.) Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Study of English and Scottish popular ballads and their American derivatives, with some attention to European analogues.

M243B. Problems in Ballad Scholarship. (Same as English M243B.) Prerequisite: course M243A or consent of instructor. Intensive investigation of a problem or problems in study of the popular ballad.

C245. Applied Folkloristics. Prerequisite: graduate standing. Introduction to methods and issues in application of folklore studies to such areas as education, health, museums, organization development, tourism, environmental planning, economic and community development, aging, art therapy, and public sector folklife. Concurrently scheduled with course C145.

248. Theory and Method in Latin American Folklore Studies. Historical survey of folklore scholarship in Latin America, with emphasis on theoretical bases, methods, and techniques employed in study and analysis of traditional tales, songs, music, linguistic expression.

M249. Folk Literature of the Spanish and Portuguese Worlds. (Same as Portuguese M249 and Spanish M249.) Lecture, three hours. Intensive study of folk literature of the Spanish and Portuguese cultures as represented in (1) ballad and poetry, (2) narrative and drama, (3) speech.

251. Seminar: Finno-Ugric Folklore and Mythology. Advanced studies in folk traditions and mythologies of the Finno-Ugric speaking nations.

M257. South American Folklore and Mythology Studies. (Same as Anthropology M232R.) Prerequisite: Anthropology 174P or consent of instructor. Examination of oral traditions and related ethnological data from various South American Indian societies against the background of the religious systems of these people.

M258. Seminar: Folk Music. (Same as Ethnomusicology M287.) Seminar, three hours. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

259. Seminar: Folklore. Prerequisite: course 200A or consent of instructor. Seminar focusing on selected topics in folklore and mythology. May be repeated for credit.

260. Organizational Folklore, Culture, and Symbolism. Prerequisite: graduate standing. Folklore in organizational settings (stories, rituals, rites, metaphors, etc.) and role of folklore in organization development as information source, diagnostic, and intervention to improve personnel practices, climate, and leadership.

M261. Alternative Perspectives in Italian Culture: Studies of Folk Tradition in Italian Literature. (Same as Italian M260A.) Lecture, three hours; outside study, 18 hours. Open to undergraduates with consent of instructor. The conspicuous diversity animating Italian society articulated through class, gender, and ethnolinguistic groups to be studied across a range of texts, some selected from the literary canon, but others purely oral (tales, songs, proverbs, cures and curses, secular and ritual drama).

C265. Film and Folklore. Prerequisite: graduate standing. Introduction to film criticism and folklore methodology. Topics include early examples of folklore on film, changing conceptions of folklore and uses of films about folklore, and examples of films by, with, and for folklorists. Concurrently scheduled with course C165.

M270A-M270B. Seminars: Japanese Ritual Arts. (Same as Japanese M270A-M270B.) Seminar, three hours. Reading knowledge of Japanese not required. Discussions and readings on ritual (performing) arts of Japan comprising music, dance, storytelling, viewing, purification, divination, disguise, mimicry, and competitive as well as acrobatic arts, with special emphasis on religio-magical purposes and symbolic structure of these arts. In Progress grading.

C275. Food Customs and Symbolism. Prerequisite: junior standing. Introduction to foodways, with particular attention to customs and symbolism in America. Topics include sensory realm, child rearing practices, foodsharing, food and identity, food and its emotional significance, aversions and taboos, advertising, changing food habits, and the American diet. Concurrently scheduled with course C175.

CM284. Dance and Folklore. (Same as World Arts and Cultures CM284.) Consideration of vernacular tradition as a site for cultural configuration, social construction, representation, and display of national, ethnic, and other affinity identities. Emphasis on various European and European-American dance idioms. Concurrently scheduled with course CM184.

M286A-M286B. Studies in Hispanic Folk Literature. (Same as Spanish M286A-M286B.) Lecture, two hours.

375. Teaching Apprentice Practicum (1 to 4 units). Preparation: apprentice personnel employment as a teaching assistant, associate, or fellow. Teaching apprenticeship under active guidance and supervision of a regular faculty member responsible for curriculum and instruction at the University. May be repeated for credit. S/U grading.

400A-400B-400C. Directed Professional Activities. Prerequisite: consent of program chair. Directed individual projects in professional editing, bibliography, discography, filmography, festival direction, and other professional activities. May not be applied toward M.A. course requirements. May be repeated for credit. S/U grading.

495. Teaching Folklore and Mythology. Lecture, three hours. Prerequisite: course 200A. Analysis and design of alternative organizational schemes, teaching aids and techniques, and evaluation methods for folklore and mythology courses at the college level, with opportunities for observation and apprentice teaching. May not be applied toward M.A. or Ph.D. course requirements. S/U grading.

501. Cooperative Program (2 to 8 units). Prerequisite: consent of UCLA graduate adviser and graduate dean, and host campus instructor, program chair, and graduate dean. Used to record enrollment of UCLA students in courses taken under cooperative arrangements with USC. S/U grading.

596. Directed Studies in Folklore (2 to 6 units).

597A. Preparation for M.A. Comprehensive Examination (2 to 4 units). Prerequisites: graduate standing in folklore and mythology, consent of instructor. S/U grading.

597B. Preparation for Ph.D. Qualifying Examinations (4 to 8 units). Prerequisites: successful completion of M.A. comprehensive examination, consent of instructor. S/U grading.

598. M.A. Thesis Preparation (2 to 4 units).

599. Ph.D. Dissertation Research (4 to 8 units). Prerequisite: advancement to Ph.D. candidacy. S/U grading.

Related Courses

Anthropology

118A, 118B. Museum Studies

133R. Aesthetic Systems

156. Comparative Religion

230P. Ethnology

232Q. Myth and Ritual

233Q. Aesthetic Anthropology

M272. Indians of South America

273. Cultures of the Middle East

274. Cultures of the Pacific Islands

Art History

M102A. Minoan Art and Archaeology

M102B. Mycenaean Art and Architecture

C117A. Pre-Columbian Art of Mexico

C117B. Pre-Columbian Art of the Maya

C117C. Pre-Columbian Art of the Andes

118A. Arts of Oceania

118C. Arts of Sub-Saharan Africa

118D. Arts of Native North America

C119A. Advanced Studies in African Art: Western Africa

C119B. Advanced Studies in African Art: Central Africa

203. Museum Studies

220. Oceanic, Pre-Columbian, African, and Native North American Art

Classics

162. Classical Myth in Literature

166A. Greek Religion

166B. Roman Religion

168. Comparative Mythology

268. Seminar: Comparative Mythology

English

112. Children's Literature

Ethnomusicology

20A-20B-20C. Musical Cultures of the World

106A-106B-106C. Music of the American Indians

120A-120B. Development of Jazz

128. Folk Music of Eastern Europe

130. Folk Music of the Mediterranean

136A-136B. Music of Africa

146. Folk Music of South Asia

147. Survey of Classical Music in India

156A-156B. Music of China

160A. Survey of Music in Japan

181. Anthropology of Music

190. Study of Ethnomusicology

207. Seminar: North American Indian Music

237. Seminar: African Music

241. Music of Iran and Other Non-Arabic-Speaking Communities

250A-250B. Music of Indonesia

281A-281B. Seminars: Field and Laboratory Methods in Ethnomusicology

282. Seminar: Analysis

283. Seminar: Study of Musical Instruments (Organology)

290. Seminar: Ethnomusicology

French

115A-115B-115C. Medieval French Literature

215A-215D. Medieval Literature

German (Germanic Languages)

134. German Folklore

240A. Theories, Methods, and History of Germanic Folklore

240B. Folk Song and Ballad

240C. Oral Prose Genres

245B. Germanic Antiquities

262. Seminar: Germanic Folklore

History

193A. History of Religions: Myth

Italian

214D. Boccaccio's Decameron

218C. Goldoni

Music

158. New Orleans Jazz

Old Norse Studies (Germanic Languages)

C139. The Saga

C140. Viking Civilization and Literature

151. Elementary Old Norse

152. Intermediate Old Norse

221. Advanced Old Norse Prose

222. Advanced Old Norse Poetry

Russian (Slavic Languages)

211A. Literature of Medieval Rus'

251. Topics in Literature of Medieval Rus'

291A. Seminar: Literature of Medieval Rus'

Sociology

156. Ethnic and Status Groups

186. Latin American Societies

187. Population and Society in the Middle East

Spanish (Spanish and Portuguese)

262B. Studies in Medieval Spanish Literature

World Arts and Cultures

C180A-C180B. Studies in Dance Ethnography

181A. Dance Cultures of Asia

181B. Dance in Southeast Asia

181C. Dance in East Asia

181D. Dance in South Asia

182. Dance in Africa and the African Diaspora

183. Dance in Latino American Cultures

C187. Dance in Native American Cultures

280A-280B. Advanced Studies in Dance Ethnology


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