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This course explores how myths gives meaning to human experience. Some myths stretch the bounds of daily understanding, while others embed lessons derived from nature or about historical events. Myths are stories of both cultural and personal identity that come down from the past. Even if the origin of a myth has been lost or forgotten, myths are part of shared communication and memories. The field of Myth Studies examines how mythological stories illuminate the world view of a people or group, account for a practice or a belief, or explain a natural phenomenon. We will compare myths from several cultures, explore the different ways these manifest as collective experiences, and investigate their continuing relevance to our contemporary lives.
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: You will be required to rent DVDs or stream several videos for this course.
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 Science
Meets General Education Requirement In: Humanities-Full
Term(s) Offered (Subject to Change) : Spring 1. Spring 2. Summer. Fall 1. Fall 2.
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