By the end of the course, the student will be able to:
1. Recognize and critique several different approaches to the study of
2. Compare and contrast the similarities and differences in myths of
various cultural origins.
3. Identify and describe patterns or themes reflecting in myths.
1. Review of various definitions of myth and the interpretation of myth
inherent in them.
2. Exploration of the connections between myth, legend, folk tale, and
3. Discussion and analysis of individual myths, including their
cultural and/or historical contexts.
4. Exploration of major themes in myth (such as rebirth, descent into
the underworld, creation myths, the hero journey) with discussion
of specific myths to illustrate themes.
1. Close readings of primary texts, related readings, and supplemental
2. Written work, including several essays or one long term paper.
3. Quizzes and/or mid-term exam (option of instructor).
4. Final exam, final paper, or final project.
5. Creative projects related to study of myth.
|Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.||Writing
50 - 80%
|Essay exams, Term papers||
|Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.||Problem Solving
0 - 0%
|Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.||Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
|Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.||Exams
10 - 30%
|Multiple choice, Completion, Essay Questions||
|Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.||Other Category
10 - 20%
|Creative Projects, activities and participation||
MYTHOLOGY: THE WORLD OF MYTH, by Leeming, 1994 (anthology)
THE HERO WITH A THOUSAND FACES, by Joseph Campbell, 1990.
MYTH AND REALITY, by Mircea Eliade, Harper, 1968.
THE RABBIT ON THE FACE OF THE MOON, by Alfredo Lopez Austin. 1998.
OTHER PEOPLE'S MYTHS, by Wendy Doniger, University of Chicago Press, 1998.
TECHNICIANS OF THE SACRED: A RANGE OF POETRIES FROM AFRICA, AMERICA,
ASIA, EUROPE, AND OCEANA, by Jerome Rothenberg, University of California
Press, 1985 (anthology).
PRIMARY TEXTS in translation.