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01053 World Mythology

Field of Study

This course introduces the academic study of mythology. This is accomplished by examining 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.

Material Covered

In this course, students will learn the definition of myth by understanding how mythology is utilized to convey a message through the use of stories comprised of certain themes, symbols, and plots. This course will explore myths unique to certain cultures and religions, such as Norway, Egypt, Africa, Native Americans, Great Britain, Greece, Rome, and China. Additionally, a few comparisons will be made in myths addressing creation, floods, morality, heroes, death, and the end of the world in a variety of religious traditions and cultures through common cultural archetypes in order to identify and analyze common characteristics that surface throughout the ages of humanity.

Student Expectations

Activities and assignments will vary throughout the course and will include but are not limited to projects, essays, journals, quizzes, tests, and presentations. Assignments are designed to reflect the student’s understanding of the content presented in the course, as well as demonstrate how students synthesize the content presented. In addition, students will engage in discussion of course content through discussion board participation, which simulates classroom discussion.


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Course Texts and Materials


  • World Mythology: The Illustrated Guide
    Authors: Robert Walter, Roy Willis
    ISBN: 978-0195307528
    Publisher: Oxford University Press
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