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Folklore & Public Culture (FLR)
118 Prince Lucien Campbell, 541-346-3911
Folklore & Public Culture, College of Arts & Sciences
G - Pre-major, major, or minor are required to take this course graded to be applied to major/minor requirements
Course Data
  FLR 235   Folklore & Supernatur >1 4.00 cr.
Introduces the study of beliefs about the supernatural by examining diverse approaches to the description and analysis of belief traditions and religious culture.
Grading Options: Optional; see degree guide or catalog for degree requirements
Instructor: Wojcik DE-mailHomepage Office:   463 PLC
Phone:   (541) 346-3946
 
  CRN Avail Max Time Day Location Instructor Notes
  32268 0 40 1415-1545 tr 00 REMOTE Wojcik D G
Academic Deadlines
Deadline     Last day to:
March 28:   Process a complete drop (100% refund, no W recorded)
April 3:   Drop this course (100% refund, no W recorded; after this date, W's are recorded)
April 3:   Process a complete drop (90% refund, no W recorded; after this date, W's are recorded)
April 4:   Process a complete withdrawal (90% refund, W recorded)
April 4:   Withdraw from this course (100% refund, W recorded)
April 5:   Add this course
April 5:   Last day to change to or from audit
April 11:   Process a complete withdrawal (75% refund, W recorded)
April 11:   Withdraw from this course (75% refund, W recorded)
April 18:   Process a complete withdrawal (50% refund, W recorded)
April 18:   Withdraw from this course (50% refund, W recorded)
April 25:   Process a complete withdrawal (25% refund, W recorded)
April 25:   Withdraw from this course (25% refund, W recorded)
May 16:   Withdraw from this course (0% refund, W recorded)
May 16:   Change grading option for this course
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Expanded Course Description

This course introduces students to the research questions and theoretical models used by folklorists and other cultural theorists in the study of beliefs that express the relationship of human beings to the "supernatural." We will examine a diversity of belief traditions and encounters as these are reflected within the context of narrative, ritual, healing, apparitions, pilgrimage, visions, and possession states. The course focuses on people’s lived experiences, beliefs, and practices—the “folk” or vernacular expressive culture that exists apart from institutionalized doctrine and authority. This class is not concerned with attempts to prove or disprove the existence of supernatural phenomena, but with the expression of popular beliefs, experiences, and traditions as these have been analyzed from various ethnographic and theoretical perspectives.

The course is organized to reflect specific topics and areas of research that have preoccupied folklorists and other scholars, and we will explore the issues and approaches that have informed their studies. Particular attention is given to the personal and cultural meanings of supernatural beliefs in relation to issues of community, gender, and ethnicity; the dynamics of religious institutional power and vernacular belief; the hegemonic or potentially oppositional aspects of supernatural belief; and the ways that folk beliefs about the supernatural may reflect existential anxieties and issues of ultimate concern.

This course fulfills a lower division requirement for the Folklore major and minor.

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