Myths, Fairy Tales and Legends
Why do stories appeal to modern children?
What is special about narratives like myths, fairy tales and legends?
In what way can oral stories contribute to increased knowledge about ourselves?
How do they tell stories in a Sami kindergarten?
How can trips in the Nordic nature increase the understanding of the creatures in myths and fairy tales?
Aims and contents
This course is an introduction to the main theories of myths, fairy tales and legends in the western culture. The course is designed to offer a full-time study programme for teacher students from early childhood education to lower secondary school and future social workers Other interested students may also apply.More about aims and contents.
The course is offered as 20 or 30 ECTS.
Important elements in the course are:
- The difference between myths, fairy tales and legends
- Structural theories, psychological theories, eclectical theories
- Myths and religion, Old Norse mythology
- The student’s own cultural identity
- The uses of fairy tales in education, therapy and social work
- Heroes and monsters
- Drama and music
- Stop motion animation
The course contains several workshops and excursions, for instance:
- visits to museums, schools and kindergartens
- puppet making and performing
- story writing
- radio theatre
- stop-motion animation
- Literature studies/theory
- Lectures and supervision
- Excursions, workshops and seminars
- Cultural exchanges/discussions
- Reflective journal
This course has previously been offered in collaboration with UCC in Denmark. From the fall semester 2017, the course will be offered only at HiOA. An updated course plan will be available in Mid-March.
Examples of student work
Here are two examples of student work from module 2: receiver oriented project/text/presentation.
Illustration on this page: Nøkken by Theodor Kittelsen (1857-1914)
The course is designed for teacher education students (all levels). Students must have completed at least one year of their undergraduate degree at their home institution in order to be accepted.
FactsMyths, Fairy Tales and Legends Mid-August 2017 20 / 30 ECTS 1 semester, undergraduate Pilestredet, Oslo English No semester fee for students on an exchange programme.
More about the programme
New or existing student at HiOA? Visit student.hioa.no for more student information.