Looking for small, thought provoking, interactive classes to compliment your field of study? Think Folklore! Ukrainian and general folklore classes investigate cultural themes including history, art, music, oral literature and calendar customs, giving students a wide range of topics to explore.

The Kule Folklore Centre supports courses in Folklore and Ukrainian Culture (General, Slavic, and Ukrainian), taught by professors holding the Kule and Huculak Chairs as well as courses taught by faculty affiliated with the Kule Folklore Centre in the  departments of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies and Anthropology. Ukrainian Folklore and Culture related courses are listed in the catalogue with the prefix FOLK, SLAV, or UKR.

Course offerings vary from year to year depending on faculty and enrollment. See this year’s upcoming courses below. Suggested related courses from other departments are also included in our yearly list of recommended courses. For any questions or queries about courses, contact  or the designated instructor. 

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University of Alberta – Faculty of Arts
Culture and Folklore Studies Courses – 2024/25


FALL 2024

FOLK 204 – Forms of Folklore

MWF 2:00-2:50  Instructor: Dr. Larisa Sembaliuk Cheladyn

From fairy tales to folk dance, legends and mythology, food to festivals,  this course is an introduction to the many forms of folklore (oral, text, material, and performative) in a global context. Through a series of learning and writing exercises, students will develop an understanding of folklore in its various forms and how to interpret and share their research on digital platforms including videos, gaming, websites, and online articles. Taught in English.


C-LIT 243 – Fairy Tales and Folk Tales

MWF 1:00-1:50  Instructor: Dr. Jelena Pogosjan

A survey of European fairy tales and an introduction to critical and theoretical approaches to the folk tale in general and the fairy tale in particular. Taught in English.




SLAV 320 – Ukrainian Canadian Culture  

TR 2:00-3:20 pm Instructor: Dr. Larisa Sembaliuk Cheladyn

Ukrainian Canadian Culture then and now - from the pioneers to the present. A survey of the cultural expressions of Ukrainian immigrants in Canada from the late 19th to the 21st century. The main focus will be on oral histories, clothing and textiles, food, celebrations, and popular culture (music & dance) - studied through the lens of folklore on the Prairies as portrayed in the press. This course has an experiential research component and includes a field trip to Kalyna Country. Taught in English.


FOLK 205 – History of Folklore Studies

MWF 2:00-2:50  Instructor: Dr. Jelena Pogosjan

History, concepts, and practices of folklore around the world. An exploration of the study of various genres including oral, text, material cultural, and performative folklore.  Taught in English.


FOLK 375 – Digital Folklore

TR 11:00-12:20  Instructor: Dr. Larisa Sembaliuk Cheladyn

This course offers an exploration of contemporary expressions of identity, resistance and solidarity studied through the lens of Media and Cultural Studies.  Comics, memes, gaming, and other online expressions will be central to the discussions with a broader look at other forms of popular online culture such as music and fashion. 

SLAV 399 – Contemporary  Ukraine & Media Representation

MWF 10:00-10:50  Instructor: Dr. Oleksandr Pankieiev

This course tackles how Ukraine has been presented in different media discourses and what types of narratives have been created in Ukraine and worldwide to speak about Ukraine's culture, history, people, and politics. It also looks into the issue of propaganda and misinformation. Taught in English. 


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