eng155 | undergraduate
Mythology In Literature And Life
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 heroes in myth, and the obstacles and dangers that these archetypes encounter; how myths affect our personal and social lives; where these ancient archetypes are found in contemporary society; and how attitudes and behaviors are influenced by mythological literature.
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Myths of Objects and Place
- Identify objects and places in contemporary society containing mythical significance.
- Examine how myths of object and place create feelings of transcendence or power.
- Identify common mythological themes.
Compare cosmic myths of different cultures and traditions.
Deities and Lesser Spirits
Identify predominant characteristics of deities and lesser spirits.
- Describe deistic archetypes within mythological literature.
Identify the predominant characteristics of the mythological hero.
Recognize heroic archetypes in modern-day heroes.
Explain the purpose of the hero's quest.
Types of Myth
Identify various types of myth.
Explain how mythological literature helps society to understand the universe.
- Explain how mythology is a type of literature.
Analyze the relationship among knowledge, belief, myth, and religion.
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