This course provides an overview of mythology and its relationship to ancient cultures and culture today. The course covers the purposes and types of myths; development of myths and mythological characters; the common elements of mythological structures; the predominant characteristics of heroes in myth; the conflicts heroes encounter, and how ancient heroes relate to heroes today.
This undergraduate course is 5 weeks.
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Topics and Objectives
Foundations of Mythology
- Differentiate how the word myth is used popularly with how it is defined academically.
- Describe mythological themes that are universal among world cultures.
The Creation Cycle and Cosmic Myths
- Explain the role of the creator in various world myths.
- Discuss the cultural importance of cosmic myths.
- Identify the shared characteristics of common cosmic myths.
The Male and Female Divine
- Describe divine characteristics of male and female divinities.
- Compare divine female and male characters in ancient myths with similar roles found in contemporary culture.
Heroes, Heroines, and Other Character Archetypes
- Describe universal functions and characteristics of mythological archetypes.
- Identify mythological archetypes in contemporary culture.
- Explain the hero’s quest and its relevance.
Sacred Places and Objects
- Explain the significance of sacred places in mythology.
- Explain the functions of sacred objects in mythology.
- Identify places and objects that may be considered sacred in contemporary culture.
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