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World Mythology

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This course provides an overview of mythology and its relationship to ancient and current cultures. The course covers the purposes and types of myths, the development of myths and mythological characters, the common elements of mythological structures, the predominant characteristics of deities and sacred places in myth, contemporary theories of myths and mythology, and how myths and mythic structures shape contemporary culture.

This undergraduate-level course is 5 weeks This course is available to take individually or To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 5 weeks

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    Foundations of Mythology

    • Identify mythological themes that are universal among world cultures.
    • Analyze the relationship between knowledge, belief, myth, and religion.
    • Explain how myths typify human experiences.
    • Differentiate how the word myth is used popularly with how it is defined academically.

    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

    • Identify mythological archetypes in contemporary culture.
    • Describe universal functions and characteristics of mythological archetypes.
    • Explain the hero’s quest and its broad application.

    Sacred Places and Objects

    • Explain the functions of sacred objects in mythology.
    • Identify places and objects that may be considered sacred in contemporary culture.
    • Explain the significance of sacred places in mythology.
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