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This course will explore how mythology gives meaning to human experience. Myths are ancient yet timeless stories of both cultural and personal identity that come down from the past. Some tell about mystical experiences that stretch the bounds of daily understanding, while others embed lessons derived from nature or about ostensibly historical events. Together, these kinds of mythological stories illuminate the world view of a people, account for a practice or a belief, or explain a natural phenomenon. Even if the origin of a myth has been lost or forgotten, myths are part of shared communication and memories. We will compare myths from several cultures, explore the different ways these manifest as collective experience, and investigate their continuing relevance to contemporary experience.
This is an upper-level course. Although there are no specific content prerequisites, students should have had the equivalent of two years of lower-level college work and should be able to function at an advanced level of analysis, research and writing.
Note: this course has a required audio component. Students will choose DVD or VHS.
This course fully meets the General Education requirement in Humanities.
This online course is offered through the Center for Distance Learning. You can take this as an individual course or as part of an online degree program, with term starts in March, May, September, November and January. View current term offerings and all online courses. Click here to register for online courses.
Other Areas: The Arts | Business, Management & Economics | Community & Human Services | Communications, Humanities & Cultural Studies | Educational Studies | Historical Studies | Human Development | Labor Studies | Nursing | Science, Math & Technology | Social Theory, Structure & Change
Meets General Education Requirement In: Humanities-Full
Term(s) Offered (Subject to Change) : Jan. Mar. May. Sep. Nov.
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