SRJC Course Outlines

12/5/2023 11:01:43 PMHUMAN 8 Course Outline as of Fall 2000

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  HUMAN 8Title:  COMPARATIVE MYTHOLOGY  
Full Title:  Comparative Mythology
Last Reviewed:10/8/2018

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled06 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
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Catalog Description:
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Introductory survey of approaches to mythology, of themes common to the myths of many cultures, of representative specific myths, and the influence of myth on the arts and literature.


Recommended Preparation:
Completion of ENGL 100B or ENGL 100.

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Approaches to mythology, themes common to myths of cultures, specified myths & influence of myth on the arts & literatures of the western tradition.
(Grade or P/NP)

Recommended:Completion of ENGL 100B or ENGL 100.
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Fall 1981
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 C2HumanitiesFall 1987
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 3BHumanitiesFall 1981
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Not Certificate/Major Applicable


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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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.

Topics and Scope
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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
   fairy tale.
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.

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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.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
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

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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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.
ASIA, EUROPE, AND OCEANA, by Jerome Rothenberg, University of California
Press, 1985 (anthology).
PRIMARY TEXTS in translation.

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