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Introduction to Mythology

Course NumberLIT 241W
Lab Hours0
Lecture Hours45
Course DescriptionPrerequisite: A "C" grade or better in a college level composition II course. Provides an introduction to some of the concepts of mythology and the presence of these concepts in art and literature in particular. Considers the functions of mythology, the universality of the journey pattern in all myths, the nature of mythic imagery, the distinction between mythos and logos as patterns in thinking, the approaches available in examining particular myths and the application of all these dimensions in reading a given story. (45-0)

Outcomes and Objectives

Think critically to analyze, to synthesize and to explain an understanding of a given work.
  1. Apply the monomyth pattern to any given myth.
  2. Apply the monomyth pattern to stories or to situations from personal experience.
  3. Associate the stages in the monomyth, like the call, supernatural aid and threshold crossing, to selected stories.
  4. Predicate explanation of issues on specific details drawn from primary and secondary sources which are part of the reading assignments in the course.
  5. Examine issues in mythology on written assignments.

Define significant terms in mythology.
  1. Define and explain the term "myth."
  2. Identify types of literary heroes as part of the definition of a mythic hero.

Identify and discuss significant concepts and processes in mythology.
  1. Cite the functions of mythology.
  2. Compare the journeys of youthful heroes to older heroes.
  3. Contrast internal journeys of the east with external journeys of the west.

Enjoy both the subject matter and the life of the mind.
  1. Add meaningfully to the class discussion.
  2. Respond in writing to the ideas considered in class presentations.

Participate in "writing to learn" activities.
  1. Perform writing tasks to promote learning.
  2. Write effectively for a specific audience and purpose.
  3. Demonstrate the learning of concepts through writing.

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