Dec 06, 2023
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
- Myth systems of world cultures, including those of Europe, Native America, Asia, Africa and Oceania
- Nature of symbol and allegory in myth and traditional narratives
- Various academic approaches to the study of myth, including linguistic, cultural, phenomenological, psychological, structural, feminist and perennialist
- Dynamic relationship of mythology with science and other human disciplines
- Use the terminology and concepts of the study of mythology. (1-4)
- Identify the characteristics, similarities and differences of major world mythologies. (1,2)
- Critique major contributors and analytic theories in the study of mythology. (3)
- Analyze the ways in which mythology influences and is influenced by culture, behavior and belief both in the past and present. (1,2,4)
- Explain the relationship between mythology and other human disciplines. (4)
- Consider our own cultural perspectives when looking at myths from other cultures. (1,2)
- 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.