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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures : Scottish Ethnology

Postgraduate Course: Scottish Culture and Heritage Online: Resources and Research Methods (Online) (SCET11033)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course introduces the core online and electronic resources for the study of the culture and heritage of Scotland, and the key tools for their interpretation and analysis. Students are introduced to the cross-disciplinary context of folklore and ethnology, and the key methodologies for research and study within these disciplines. Particular attention is paid to oral literature, performance and transmission as well as the past and present work and assumptions of collectors and researchers in the field.
Course description 1. Introduction to Core Online Empirical Resources - Tobar an Dualchais; Carmichael Watson; Calum MacLean, School of Scottish Studies Archives; Centre for Oral Tradition;
2. Defining the Traditional Arts - Scotland and Beyond
3. Mixed Media - Orality, Narrative and Song
4. Ethnological Genres - Introduction to Folkloristics
5. Collections and Collectors: the Dynamics of Archive Generation
6. Introduction to research methods and primary and secondary sources
7. Theory and practice in fieldwork and recording
8. Domain and discourse in oral literature and sound archives
9. Collectors and researchers, context and interpretation
10. Collections and archive generation
11. Ethics, consolidation and conclusions
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
By the end of this course students should have
* a well-developed familiarity with the key online ethnological resources and their provenance
* fluency in their navigation, and a sound understanding of their inter-relationships
* an appreciation of the processes and techniques required for the digitisation of sound archives
* a base level understanding of the theoretical foundations of the disciplines of ethnology and folklore
* an understanding of 'the Traditional Arts' as an emerging area of policy development
Reading List
Key electronic resources:

Key electronic journals:



Folk Music Journal:

Journal of American Folklore:

Journal of Folklore Research:

International Journal of Intangible Heritage:

Review of Scottish Culture (copyright held by University of Edinburgh, not yet available digitally, and selected articles to be scanned and made available)

Scottish Studies (not yet available digitally but copyright owned by University of Edinburgh, and selected articles to be scanned and made available)

Key texts

A Fenton and M Mackay (eds) An Introduction to Scottish Ethnology. Scottish Life and Society Series, Vol 1. John Donald and European Ethnological Research Centre, 2013. Available as e-book.

J Beech et al (eds) Oral Literature and Performance Culture. Scottish Life and Society Series, Vol 10. John Donald and European Ethnological Research Centre, 2013.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills * Confidence in handling online resources
* Ability to synthesise large bodies of ethnographic data
* Critical self-reflection in learning
* Written and oral communication skills
* Time management skills
Course organiserProf Gary West
Tel: (0131 6)50 4151
Course secretaryMr Alan Binnie
Tel: (0131 6)51 1822
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