Browse Student Communities and Culture by Series/Report "COMM 396, Folklore as Communication, Prof. Susan Davis: This section of Communication 396 focuses on the study of unofficial and homemade communication and culture, sometimes called "folklore". This unofficial communication includes speech, stories, proverbs, rituals and performances. This semester we will be participating in the Ethnography of the University of Illinois initiative (EUI), documenting the unofficial culture of students at U of I. We will also be developing proposals and methods for an ethnographic case study of student perceptions and experiences of "Unofficial St. Patrick's Day." In this course you can expect to do a good deal of reading on folklore in general and student culture in particular. You will also be asked to practice a variety of cultural description and documentation skills. You can expect to come away from the course with a strong sense of variety, persistence and flexibility of traditional culture as it lives in the present, and a good deal of practice in recording it, writing about it, and analyzing it. The course syllabus is available at:"

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