HUM 256 Syllabus


DIVISION: Arts and Sciences                                                                                                                                February 2014


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


COURSE NUMBER AND TITLE: Humanities 256: Mythology in Literature and the Arts


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



I.              CATALOG DESCRIPTION:  This course examines cultural expressions of mythology in literature and the arts. It considers several of the following mythologies, with emphasis on parallels and divergences: Egyptian, Near-Eastern, Celtic, Norse, Asian, and African. 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:     Co-requisite: ENG 111


IV.          Course Content:  

A.   Creation Myths from various cultures

B.   Egyptian Mythology

C.   Norse Mythology


V.           Learner Outcomes

VI.       Evaluation


The student will:


A.   Be able to identify the major Egyptian and Norse deities and their roles in each society.

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

C.   Be able to connect similarities and motifs in the creation myths of various 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