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01053 World Mythology

This course introduces the academic study of mythology through an examination of the role archetypes play in the development of a culture’s spiritual perspective as sources of myths. Literary elements such as symbols, themes, and plots of myths are analyzed, enabling the student to identify common characteristics and patterns in myths originating in various cultures and ancient religions throughout human history. The course explores the myths of the cultures and religions of Norway, Egypt, Africa, Native Americans, Great Britain, Greece, Rome, and China.

Prerequisites

  • None

Course Texts and Materials

Required

  • World Mythology: The Illustrated Guide
    Publisher: Oxford University Press
    ISBN: 978-0195307528

Important Considerations for Assigned Readings

Terms Offered

Offered in two half-credit semesters:

  • 01053 World Mythology Sem 1 (0.5 cr)
    • Full Year, Semester 1 (fall, 18 weeks)
    • Fall Block, Semester 1 (early fall, 9 weeks)
    • Spring Block, Semester 1 (early spring, 9 weeks)
    • Summer Session, Semester 1 (first 3 weeks)
  • 01053 World Mythology Sem 2 (0.5 cr)
    • Full Year, Semester 2 (spring, 18 weeks)
    • Fall Block, Semester 2 (late fall, 9 weeks)
    • Spring Block, Semester 2 (late spring, 9 weeks)
    • Summer Session, Semester 2 (second 3 weeks)
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