World Folklore and Mythology

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World Folklore and Mythology
Humanities Course
Course CodeMYTH
Years of Operation1995*-1998
Sites OfferedALX, OMS, SAN
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Course Description

From the CTY Course Catalog (1996):

This course exposes students to folklore, myths, and legends from around the world. Readings are diverse and could include material from any number of cultures: Norse, Celtic, Native American, Chinese, Indian, and African are examples. As the course progresses, students explore the similarities and differences between the various myths, legends, and folktales. They discuss what these stories suggest about the lives and world views of the people who told them. They also consider how myths, legends, and folktales are retold in the art, literature, and popular culture of different periods of history and in our own day.

The class discussions help students learn to read critically. Writing assignments are also an important part of the course. For instance, students are asked to write their own myths or legends using what they have learned through their readings. Students also participate in group activities such as dramatizations, debates, and arts-and-crafts projects.