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3/4/2021 4:31:12 PMHUMAN 8 Course Outline as of Fall 2009

Changed Course
CATALOG INFORMATION

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
Also Listed As: 
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Catalog Description:
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This course provides an introductory survey of comparative mythology in a global context, including an exploration of themes common to the myths of many cultures, a comparative analysis of representative myths, and an exploration of the cultural context of myth and its influence on arts and literature.

Prerequisites/Corequisites:


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
Description: Untitled document
This course provides an introductory survey of comparative mythology in a global context, including an exploration of themes common to the myths of many cultures, a comparative analysis of representative myths, and an exploration of the cultural context of myth and its influence on arts and literature.
(Grade or P/NP)

Prerequisites:
Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP

ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION

Associate Degree:Effective:Fall 1981
Inactive: 
 Area:E
Humanities
 
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:
 
C-ID:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Major Applicable Course



COURSE CONTENT

Outcomes and Objectives:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
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Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1.  Recognize and apply several different approaches to the study of myth.
2.  Compare and contrast the similarities and differences in myths of various cultural origins, including representative examples from at least three of the following cultural areas:  Asia, Africa, Europe, North America, Latin America and Pacific Islands.
3.  Identify and analyze patterns or themes reflected in myths, whatever their origins.
4.  Place the myth in cultural context and establish interconnections with other art forms and cultures.

Topics and Scope
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I.  Introduction to various approaches to the study of mythology
   a.  Psychological or Jungian
   b.  Cultural/historical
   c.  Literary, including connections between myth, legend, folk tale
       and fairy tale
   d.  Religious
II. Discussion and analysis of representative myths and mythic themes from
   at least three of the following cultural areas, within a cultural
   context:
   a.  Europe
   b.  Africa
   c.  Asia
   d.  North America
   e.  Latin America
   f.  Pacific Island and other island cultures
III.Exploration of major themes in myth as evidenced in specific myths,
   such as:
   a.  Hero journey
   b.  Death, descent to underworld, rebirth
   c.  Creation myths
   d.  Other themes

Assignments:
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1.  Close readings of primary texts, related readings, and supplemental
   materials (20 - 40 pages per week).
2.  Written work, including several essays or one long term paper
   (essays, comparative analysis and exploration of mythic themes).
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. (optional).

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
30 - 50%
Term papers, Essays
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
None
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
None
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
30 - 50%
Multiple choice, Completion, Essay Exams
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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Comparative Mythology:  Ancient Near Eastern Creation Stories, 2nd edition.  Thompson, Eric.  LAD:  2009
 
Hindu Myths.  Dallapiccola, A.L.   University of Texas:  2003
 
Homeric Hymns.  Cashford, Jules (translator) and Richardson, Nicholas (editor, introduction).  Penguin:  2003
 
Introduction to Mythology:  Contemporary Approaches to Classical and World Myths.  Thury, Eva M. and Devinney, Margaret K.  Oxford  University Press:  2004
 
Myths from Mesopotamia.   Dalley, Stephanie (translator).   Oxford University  Press: 1989 (classic)
 
The Poetic Edda.  Acker, Paul and Larrington, Carolyne (editors).   Oxford University Press:   2002
 
Popol Vuh.  Rev. Ed.  Tedlock, Dennis (translator).  Simon & Schuster:  1996 (classic)

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