2022-2023 Yavapai College Catalog 
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2022-2023 Yavapai College Catalog [PREVIOUS CATALOG YEAR]

HUM 202 - Introduction to Mythology

Description: Examination of humanist questions through World mythologies. Issues include: creation of the world, cosmology, fertility/sexuality, human nature, the problem of evil, death, nature of gods/goddesses/God, and the natural world.

Prerequisites: ENG 101 or ENG 103. Reading Proficiency.

General Education Competency: Written Communication; Diversity

Credits: 3
Lecture: 3
Lab: 0

Course Content:
  1. Myth systems of world cultures, including those of Europe, Native America, Asia, Africa and Oceania
  2. Nature of symbol and allegory in myth and traditional narratives
  3. Various academic approaches to the study of myth, including linguistic, cultural, phenomenological, psychological, structural, feminist and perennialist
  4. Dynamic relationship of mythology with science and other human disciplines

Learning Outcomes:
  1. Use the terminology and concepts of the study of mythology. (1-4)
  2. Identify the characteristics, similarities and differences of major world mythologies. (1,2)
  3. Critique major contributors and analytic theories in the study of mythology. (3)
  4. Analyze the ways in which mythology influences and is influenced by culture, behavior and belief both in the past and present. (1,2,4)
  5. Explain the relationship between mythology and other human disciplines. (4)
  6. Consider our own cultural perspectives when looking at myths from other cultures. (1,2)

Required Assessment:
  1. Demonstrate thoughtful and precise writing skills by completing at least 2500 words of monitored writing during the semester. A minimum of 1500 of the 2500 words will be in the form of a scholarly essay.