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Demystifying Culture & Folklore
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Culture and its accompanying behaviors, traditions, stories, etc. (folklore) are an integral part of who we are as human beings. This course encourages students to explore their own roots to determine:

  • how their primary cultures (race, ethnicity, nationality) have influenced their ancestors over the generations; and,
  • how their subcultures (religion, family, occupations, etc.) have been formed and influenced by the intergenerational folklore passed down from ancestors.

    To accomplish these goals, students will be encouraged to apply course theory to their own lives and the lives of their forebears in personal application essays.


    Course Content

    Module 1
    The Value of Folklore Within A Culture
     
    Course Overview
    • Short Explanation of Course Value
     
    Definitions of Terms
    • Acculturation
    • Culture
    • Enculturation
    • Ethnocentrism
    • Folklore
    • Folkways
    • Legend
    • Mores
    • Myth
    • Norms
    • Rules
    • Rumor
    • Subculture
     
    Importance of the Role of Culture in the Subject
    • Ethnicity
    • Nationality
    • Race
     
    Subculture (or Sub-culture)
     
    Folklore/Folkways as a Cohesive Element for the Culture
    • Architecture
    • Art
    • Artifacts
    • Behavior
    • Beliefs
    • Clothing
    • Food
    • Language
    • Laws
    • Music/Entertainment
    • Nonverbal Communication
    • Religion
    • Sports/Group Activities
    • Stories
    • Values
    • Ways of Thinking
     
    The Relationship of Culture to Folklore and Vice Versa
     

    Module 2
    How Culture Affected Our Immigrant Ancestorsí Lives
     
    Definitions of Terms
    • Acculturation
    • Cultural Identity
    • Culture Shock
    • Cultural Script
    • Ethnocentrism
    • Intercultural Communication
    • Meta-message
    • Self-Concept
     
    Elements of a Culture
    • Assumption of Similarities
    • Language Differences
    • Nonverbal Misinterpretations
    • Preconceptions and Stereotypes
    • Tendency to Evaluate
    • High Anxiety
     

    Module 3
    Cultural Assimilation
     
    Definitions of Terms
    • Collectivist vs. Individualist Cultures
    • Context (High vs. Low Context Cultures)
    • Cultural Assimilation
    • In-Group
     
    Power Distance in Cultures
    • Social Needs
    • Inclusion
    • Affection
    • Control
     
    Uncertainty Avoidance
    How the Terminology and Theories are Applicable to the Lives of Our Immigrant Ancestors and Their Folkways
    Creating the Bigger Picture as it Relates to Your Own and Your Ancestorsí Lives
     

    Module 4
    Family Folklore and Bormannís Theory of Symbolic Convergence
     
    Definitions of Terms
    • Fantasy (Theme) Chains
    • Fantasy Themes (Fantasy Theme Analysis)
    • Fantasy Types
    • Group Fantasies
    • Inside Joke
    • Organizational Saga
    • Rhetorical Community
    • Rhetorical Vision
    • Sacred Myth
     
    Symbols
    • Symbolic Convergence
     
    Background of the Research Method and Detailed Discussion, with Examples, of How the Terminology and Theory are Applicable to the Lives of Our Ancestors and Their Folkways
    Creating the Bigger Picture as it Relates to Your Own and Your Ancestorsí Lives
     

    Module 5
    Family Folklore and Joseph Campbellís Theories of Heroes
     
    Definitions of Terms
    • Becoming
    • Being
    • Bliss
    • Dream
    • Hero
    • Immortality
    • Journey
    • Myths (Yet Another Perspective)
    • Oneness
     
    Background of the Research Method and Detailed Discussion, with Examples, of How the Terminology and Theory are Applicable to the Lives of Our Ancestors and Their Folkways
    Creating the Bigger Picture as it Relates to Your Own and Your Ancestorsí Lives
     

    Module 6
    Connection Between Ancestor and Legends and Our Lives Today
     
    Definitions of Terms
    • Belief Legends
    • Folk Process
    • Knowledge Legends
     
    Background of the Research Method and Detailed Discussion, with Examples, of How the Terminology and Theory are Applicable to the Lives of Our Ancestors and Their Folkways
    Creating the Bigger Picture as it Relates to Your Own and Your Ancestorsí Lives
    Concluding Remarks
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