Introduction to World Mythology  MHUMAN 140


The World of Myth: An Anthology.
Author: David A. Leeming. Oxford U. Press,

2nd ed., 2014 (paperback). ISBN-10: 0199316368

ISBN-13: 978-0199316366.

Note: The earlier edition is similar but not identical in content and presentation. For required readings it is your responsibility to learn the material we refer to
from the editions listed here.

Other readings, and resources provided, as assigned.

The following books are Optional, for enrichment (not required):

Essential Visual History of World Mythology. Author: National Geographic. Washington, D.C. 2008 (hardcover). 6.5 x 5.” Organized by region.
Color illustrations, gods, summaries, special topics.

The Power of Myth, by Joseph Campbell with Bill Moyers.  Interview format. Focus on psychological and symbolic aspects of myths.  Anchor Books 1988 ed. (ISBN 0-385-41886-8) is un-illustrated paperback edition. Other illustrated editions, CDs, DVDs, etc. are available.

A Short History of Myth, Karen Armstrong. 2006.
ISBN 978-1841958002. Broad age view history of spiritual aspects of myth, in conflict with rational.


Strongly recommended for success: Eligibility for
English 101.   
Letter grade or Pass/No Pass.

An overview of world mythology, the study of myths,
the types, functions, symbolism, history, and uses of
profoundly meaningful stories that influence contemporary life, and relate to great human themes that run through the
world’s cultures.

Mythic stories and mythic systems help us understand

who and what we are, and what we want to be.  Myths emerge in most of the inhabited world. They function in various ways in society, reshaping to reflect changes.

We will explore how mythological thinking (from the mistaken to the profound) has affected human experience and understanding since prehistoric times.  

By comparing myths and cultures, different kinds of art, and scholarly interpretations, you will . . .
_ Improve your abilities to analyze, conceptualize, and communicate about topics across disciplines.
_ Discover how these stories relate people’s lives today.
Gain academic and experiential knowledge of world cultures and arts, and critical skills to make more sense of life, and find opportunities for personal growth.

Includes cultural event experiences.  Guidelines provided.

Please note: This class includes online elements.  Students must use the Internet and MJC’s Canvas Course Management System to read, save or print materials, to post homework, and to take quizzes.  The class Syllabus will be available in Canvas near start of the term.

Letter grade or Pass/No Pass. Upon completing this course successfully, you will earn credit toward an MJC Associate Degree and a Humanities Area of Emphasis transfer credit to a four-year college or university.

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