PGD in Folklore and Culture Studies (PGDFCS)
IGNOU Post Graduate Diploma in Folklore and Culture Studies programme details
The PG Diploma in Folklore and Culture Studies programme largely focuses on the history, geography, literature, and culture of India in particular as well as other countries throughout the world. Through diverse frameworks taken from fields including literature, history, sociology, anthropology, folklore studies, and emerging fields like culture studies, the programme seeks to understand the relationship between folk culture and context. The multidisciplinary approach to the paradigms of knowing led to the creation of this programme. Oral literature, material culture, social customs, performing arts, and the theories and methods of folklore used up to this point, such as historical-geographical, historical-reconstructional, ideological, functional, psychoanalytical, cross-cultural, structural, and contextual, are just a few of the themes that the programme focuses on and that all call for an interdisciplinary approach. The social importance of the programme might be summed up as follows: In a large and diverse nation like India, it is critical that policymakers pay attention to how the processes of development affect underprivileged communities. This programme can help because it focuses on two important issues: first, how to examine marginal societies in their uniqueness; and second, how contact with more complex cultures affects marginal groups as tribes. This programme aims to reach students who do not receive a formal education, mostly those who want to work for non-profit organisations or who want to pursue advanced degrees in trans-disciplinary fields like ethnography, migration studies, marginal studies, etc. Its goals include assessing the social and political context in which culture emerges and appreciating culture and folklore in all of their composite forms. Its focus topics, such as Marginal Studies, Tribal and Folklore Literature, Language Death and Preservation, etc., serve as both the subject of study and the site of political criticism. It is required to conduct an ethical evaluation of both traditional and contemporary society. Some of the key faculty members in this programme can be grouped under the headings of Critical Theory, Cultural Critic, Cultural Geography, Cultural History, Culture Theory, Ethnography, Feminism, Gender Studies, Museum Studies, Orientalism, Popular Culture Studies, Post-structuralism, Social Structuralism, Language Studies, History, and Anthropology, among others.
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