I. Course Prefix/Number: HUM 210
Course Name: World Mythologies
Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
IV. Learning Objectives
A. Critically distinguish between mythology and other forms of cultural discourse, such as religion, philosophy or science.
B. Identify mythological motifs from three or more traditions and explain their connection to the historical, social, religious and ethical context of the particular culture in which the tradition develops.
C. Identify universal themes which may be seen as common to mythologies of different cultures.
D. Develop an account of the contributions mythological heritages have made to the self-understandings of cultures in the present, through sayings, stories, moral lessons and folklore.
E. Critically discuss and evaluate the philosophical and ethical content of these mythological traditions and their contemporary relevance.
F. Express respect for different cultures through the exploration of their mythologies.
G. Exhibit values related to teamwork and collaboration, fostered by the pedagogy of shared-inquiry and critical dialogue appropriate to the humanities and philosophy.
V. Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.
There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at
VI. Sequence of Topics
A. Introduction to Concept of Myth and Theories of Mythological Dissemination
B. Mythologies of the Middle East and Africa
C. Ancient Mesopotamian Myth and the Gilgamesh Epic
D. Ancient Egyptian Myth and the Book of the Dead
E. Tribal and Islamic Mythologies of Africa
F. The relation between Mesopotamian and Biblical Mythologies
G. Mythologies of Ancient and Medieval Europe
H. The Epics of Greco-Roman Literature
I. Greco-Roman State, Popular and Hermetic Cults
J. Myths and Legends of Northern Europe
K. The Legends of Central European Romances
L. Mythologies of the Pacific Islands and the Americas
M. The Polynesian Myths: The Goddess Hina Cycle
N. Middles American Myths: Religions of the Aztecs and Mayans
O. Native American Myths: Blackfoot Hunting Cycles
P. Native America and Europeans: Chief Seattle and Black Elk
Q. Mythologies of Asia
R. The Hindu Epics: The Ramayana and Mahabharata
S. Gods and Goddesses of Bhakti Hinduism
T. Myths of Ancient China and Japan
U. Myths in the Modern World
V. Mythology in Hero Literature and Science Fiction
W. Mythology in Modern Cinema
VII. Methods of Instruction
B. Small group work
D. Student presentations and debates
E. Guest speakers
F. Field trips may be required
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
B. Standards for written work
F. Final Project
G. Special policies about make-up exams, late papers, or other matters of concern
IX. Instructional Materials
Texts: VARIES BY INSTRUCTOR
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
A. Quizzes/Exams……40 points
B. Essays……40 points
C. Final project with oral presentation……10 points
D. Attendance and participation………10 points
E. Grading scale: 90-100, A…….80-89, B………70-79, C……….60-69……..D
XI. Other Course Information
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