ENG 257 Syllabus


DIVISION: Arts and Sciences                                                                                                                                Date:  February 2014


Curricula in Which Course is Taught:   Liberal Arts, Science, Business Administration, or as a Liberal Arts Elective


COURSE NUMBER AND TITLE: English 257: Mythology


CREDIT HOURS:    3                     Hours/Wk. Lecture: 3                     Hours/Wk                             Lab: Lec/Lab:  3



I.              CATALOG DESCRIPTION:  This course presents Greek and Roman myths and explores the relationship between the development of a culture and its mythology. The course also focuses on the similarities of the mythologies of these two cultures, while touching on key points from other disciplines including psychology, science and literature. The influences of these myths on Western culture will also be traced. Lecture 3 hours per week.


II.            Relationship of the Course to Curricula Objectives in which it is Taught:

Students successfully completing this course will demonstrate the ability to read and think critically, write in an organized manner, listen objectively, locate and utilize information/resources, recognize the existence of different perspectives and culture values, and develop a historical consciousness.


III.           Required Background:     Prerequisite: ENG 112


IV.          Course Content:  

A.   Greek Mythology

B.   Greek Drama

C.   Roman Mythology

D.   Roman Drama


V.           Learner Outcomes

VI.       Evaluation

Upon completion of the course, the student will:


A.   Be able to identify the major Greek and Roman deities and their roles in each society.

B.   Become familiar with the format, function, archetypes, symbols, and rituals of myths in Greek and Roman cultures.

C.   Be able to connect similarities and motifs in the myths, gods, rituals, and practices of Greek and Roman cultures.

D.   Be able to use a variety of different methods to interpret and analyze myths.

E.   Be able to explain how and why mythology is able to transcend the boundaries of time and culture and recognize mythic elements in the modern world.

Students will be required to produce an essay that demonstrates critical thinking skills and an accurate understanding of the social, cultural, and religious values of other cultures.  In addition, faculty may assess students using quizzes, short answer tests, and/or other projects or assignments designed to assess mastery of course content.


All written assignments will be assessed for spelling, punctuation, grammar, and consistency according to the conventions of standard English.


VII.  This course supports the following objectives


DCC Educational Objectives:

Critical Thinking

Understanding Culture and Society