Folklore et ethnologie

Gain insightful knowledge from the roots of a rich heritage



If ethnology, intangible heritage, cultural diversity, or the management of cultural and heritage territories interest you, our program will meet your needs!  Its main goal is to bring students to see culture and heritage not as fields that are abstract or rooted in the past, but as creative vehicles for community development and empowerment, here and now.  Our cooperative and immersive teaching methods favour the transfer of knowledge by experience, and by the active and creative involvement of students in the community.  Our fieldwork school, an action-research concept unique to Canada, and the collaboration with cultural organisations from Northern Ontario, Canada and worldwide, are immersive and formative activities which allow students to learn, in situ, what the challenges of the field are, how to interact with communities in all their diversity, how to mobilise theoretical and methodological information acquired in class and in live cultural situations.

Management and development of heritage, heritage community and cultural territories, material culture and social mobility are but a few of the subjects studied by our students.  The traditional occupations and know-how or even the early habitats, which are currently making a strong comeback due to their ecological potential, are invaluable resources for projects aiming to revitalize sociocultural lands, and the identity and pride of communities both big and small, whether in cities or tucked away in the country’s furthest corners. Intangible cultural heritage, notably the memories of migration, of working in the mines or the railways, or even local folklore can become means of intervention amongst vulnerable or marginalized social groups, such as the elderly, those afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease or youth suffering from various forms of dependence or touched by suicide.  Exploring the potential for cultural and patrimonial communication and appreciation by using new technology will allow students to create links between youth culture and the culture of the elderly, between Francophones, Anglophones, Aboriginal peoples or allophones in Canada.

We care deeply about the future of our students, which is why, in addition to the courses taught in class and by distance, the program aspires to allow students to create their own sociocultural communication, enhancement and development projects and to acquire local and international expertise through placements within institutions like UNESCO, ICOMOS, Canadian Heritage, the Centre franco-ontarien de folklore or even the Sudbury Multicultural and Folk Arts Association.  According to Canadian Heritage, culture, heritage, and tourism development represent $54.6 billion in economic activity and employ over 630,000 people in numerous areas of work such as new media, management of heritage, editing, archives, establishments of heritage, festivals and celebrations.

The training offered by our program allows students to build their professional network as soon as they begin their university studies, thus facilitating integration into local, regional or national job markets.  The action-research also transforms students into active players in the development of the local community and in its promotion nationally and internationally.

Key Features

The program is enriched by its partnerships with Religious Studies and Indigenous studies.
Courses explore contacts and exchanges with various cultural groups in Canada.
Students will have the opportunity to study in the field in order to learn traditions and understand their role in contemporary life and in today's modern culture

Career Opportunities

Les diplômés pourraient poursuivre une carrière en : éducation; ethnologie; Intervenant culturel en développement, gestion et politiques culturelles et patrimoniales; Gestionnaire et intervenant en tourisme culturel; Muséologue; Intervenant culturel en milieu de pratique; Archiviste; et d'autres.

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