Maricopa Community Colleges  ENH251   19992-99999 

Official Course Description: MCCCD Approval: 11-24-1998

ENH251  1999 Spring - 9999

LEC  3.0 Credit(s)  3.0 Period(s)  3.0 Load  Acad


Deals with the myths and legends of civilizations with the greatest influence upon the development of the literature and culture of the English speaking people, and compares those myths with myths from other cultures.

Prerequisites: None.


Course Attribute(s):

General Education Designation: Global Awareness - [G]

General Education Designation: Humanities and Fine Arts - [HU]

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MCCCD Official Course Competencies:


ENH251  1999 Spring - 9999




Use specific terms commonly encountered when discussing mythology. (I-III)


Describe relationships, similarities, and significant symbols in creation myths. (I-IV)


Describe the sources of mythology. (I, IV)


Describe the contributions of major interpreters of myth. (II)


Identify geographic locations such as North America, Africa, Asia, South America which have been wellsprings for mythology. (IV)


Analyze myth using the characteristics which identify a hero and/or heroine. (I-IV)


Analyze myth using characteristics which reflect on history, sociology, and/or politics in a global perspective. (I-IV)


Describe events and characters from mythology which are especially familiar in literature, art, and music. (I-IV)


Describe the nature of comparative study of myths, especially as explored by anthropologists. (I-IV)

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MCCCD Official Course Outline:


ENH251  1999 Spring - 9999



I. Characteristics of All Myths

A. Possess a sacred nature

B. In narrative form

C. Possess a timeless setting

D. Consist of supernatural powers as participants

E. Contain truth and knowledge

F. Intensely believed

G. Explanation of the mundane and sacred worlds

H. Basis of self-knowledge

I. Source of shared knowledge, expression, beliefs and values of a particular community

II. Interpretations of Mythology

A. Nature myth

B. Proto-science myth

C. Verbal part of ritual

D. Charter myth

E. Twentieth-century views of myth

III. Common Themes of Cosmological Myth (aetiological and ritualistic)

A. Creation of the universe

B. Origin of the gods

C. Origin of humankind

D. A golden age

E. Appearance of death

F. Places of reward and punishment

IV. Creation and Hero Myths from Around the World

A. Greece and Rome

B. The Middle East

C. Northern Europe

D. The British Isles

E. The Far East and the Pacific Islands

F. Africa

G. Central and South America

H. North America


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