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FCL 103 - World Mythology

Credits: 3
3 Lecture Hours

This interdiscplinary course examines in cultural context the traditional stories – myths, legends and folktales – of the Greek, Roman, Egyptian, Incan, Mesoamerican and other civilizations. Students examine mythology from a cross-cultural perspective across a broad range of time periods and cultures. Topics focus on universal ideas, popular belief, superstition, rituals, human sacrifice, fertility, creation, heroes, deities, other-worlds and the socio-cultural basis of myths. Students analyze the connections these stories have with ritual practice and expressions of daily life, art and architecture. In addition, different theories of the cultural meanings and functions of myth are explored in the ancient, past and contemporary world. By studying mythology as an expression of human thought, students better understand themselves and the world in which they live and also appreciate the myths that they have explored as unique expressions of individual cultures.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Explain a basic knowledge of mythology, beliefs and traditions of ancient and past civilizations through readings and texts.
  2. Differentiate between mythology, religion and contemporary stories.
  3. Identify ancient and past civilizations and their mythology within the cultural areas discussed.
  4. Relate the historical background and cultural context of past civilizations’ myths to the significance of those myths today.
  5. Describe world diversity.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of how world mythology still influences contemporary society.
Listed Topics
  1. Myths
  2. Religion
  3. Ancient civilizations
  4. History
  5. Art history
  6. Linguistics
  7. Language
  8. Hieroglyphic writing systems
  9. Epigraphy
  10. Decipherment
  11. Iconography
  12. World view
  13. Cultural diversity
Reference Materials
Books, handouts, electronic materials and/or readings selected by the Department.
Students who successfully complete this course acquire general knowledge, skills and abilities that align with CCAC’s definition of an educated person. Specifically, this course fulfills these General Education Goals:
  • Culture Society & Citizenship
  • Communication
Approved By: Dr. Quintin B. Bullock Date Approved: 5/17/2020

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