Classical Mythology: Images and Insights Harris and Platzner Third Edition
World Mythology: An Anthology of the Great Myths and Epics Donna Rosenberg Third Edition
Course Description: Introduction to Mythology is a course designed to provide an overview of the nature, origins, and development of mythology in general, a study of the most prominent common characteristics of world-wide mythologies, and a detailed examination of the major ideas, characters and events of Greek mythology.
In this study of mythology we will always be looking not only at the specifics of the characters and their stories but also at the underlying origins, meanings, and purposes which these myths from around the world reflect. An understanding of the function and importance of myth in general as well as its particular expressions in Greek and other mythologies is important in this course.
Reading and discussion of the texts as listed.
Mid-term and final exams
Two essays, 3-5 pages each, to be turned in before the mid-term of March 22 and two essays, 305 pages each, to be turned in before Dec. 1. You will please note that you are in charge of when the essays for each half of the course are due. The only stipulation is that they must be turned in at least one week apart.
A class panel presentation on a literary presentation of a myth
Grades: The final grade for this course will be determined as follows:
Each essay will be 15% of the final grade
The mid-term exam and the final exam will be 15% of the final grade
The class presentation will be 10% of the final grade.
Attendance: Attendance is mandatory; absences in excess of three may be sufficient grounds for lowering your grade. Please be aware that you are responsible for dropping this class if you determine that you cannot complete it successfully. I will not drop you.
Please be sure that all cell phones and pagers are TURNED OFF before you come to class. You are not to interrupt class with personal business for any reason.