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Revision Date: 17-Nov-23

Summer 2024 | ENG-1350-VO01 - World Mythology

Online Class

Online courses take place 100% online via Canvas, without required in-person or Zoom meetings.

Location: Online
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Meets online
Semester Dates: 05-21-2024 to 08-12-2024
Last day to drop without a grade: 06-10-2024 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 07-08-2024 - Refund Policy
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration


Fern Fryer
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Cindy Swanson

General Education Requirements

This section meets the following CCV General Education Requirement(s) for the current catalog year:
VSCS Humanistic Perspectives
  1. Many degree programs have specific general education recommendations. In order to avoid taking unnecessary classes, please consult with additional resources like your program evaluation, your academic program catalog year page, and your academic advisor.
  2. Courses may only be used to meet one General Education Requirement.

Course Description

An exploration of the meaning of mythology and the evolution of mythical thought from an interdisciplinary standpoint. Consideration will be given to mythology as an explanation of the way the world is ordered and how human beings respond to that order. Students will explore a diverse range of myths from cultures around the world and examine the relevance of myths in our daily lives.

Essential Objectives

1. Examine myths from the perspective of various disciplines and world cultures.
2. Compare and contrast different cultural approaches to myth while recognizing the universality of mythical themes.
3. Analyze the connection between myths and human development.
4. Compare and contrast the journeys of male and female heroes.
5. Examine cultural paradigms and explain how myths can define a culture's ideals.
6. Interpret mythical images, themes, and archetypes in written works and art forms.
7. Determine the relevance and importance of myths in our modern world and in the student's personal development.

Required Technology

More information on general computer and internet recommendations is available on the CCV IT Support page. https://support.ccv.edu/general/computer-recommendations/

Please see CCV's Digital Equity Statement (pg. 45) to learn more about CCV's commitment to supporting all students access the technology they need to successfully finish their courses.

Required Textbooks and Resources

*** This is a low cost ($50 or less) textbook or resource class.
This class may require purchase of supplies or materials that are not available through the CCV bookstore. ***

This course uses one or more textbooks/books/simulations, along with free Open Educational Resources (OER) and/or library materials.

Summer 2024 textbook/book details will be available on 2023-11-06. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be specific to this class. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks/books.

ENG-1350-VO01 Link to Textbooks for this course in eCampus.

For Open Educational Resources (OER) and/or library materials details, see the Canvas Site for this class.

The last day to use a Financial Aid Advance to purchase textbooks/books is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.


Welcome to a World Mythology Exploration!

Mythology is a fascinating subject that pervades our everyday lives far more than we realize. Most of us are probably familiar with some myths, but we will take an in-depth look at old favorites and little known stories from around the world.

We'll be using a lot of online resources to supplement our textbook. (The World of Myth: An Anthology). In addition to readings, we’ll be watching films, Youtube videos, interviews and much more!

You won't be able to pass this course unless you are able to post your original discussion thoughts by Saturday at midnight and responses to three of your peers by Monday at noon. Discussion is the heart of this course!

If you have questions, please email me at evelyn.fryer@ccv.edu. Can't wait to see you online!

Evaluation Criteria


30% Weekly Discussions

15% Quizzes

15% Personal Journal

15% Annotated Bibliography

15% Presentation

10% Creation Myth Discussion Post

Grading Criteria

CCV Letter Grades as outlined in the Evaluation System Policy are assigned according to the following chart:

A Less than 9893
A-Less than 9390
B+Less than 9088
B Less than 8883
B-Less than 8380
C+Less than 8078
C Less than 7873
C-Less than 7370
D+Less than 7068
D Less than 6863
D-Less than 6360
FLess than 60 
NPLess than 600

Weekly Schedule

Week/ModuleTopic  Readings  Assignments


Week 1 What is Mythology? / Introductions to each other / Choose Creation Myth

The World of Myth, Introduction, pp. 1 - 6; Bierlein Parallel Myths, Chp. 1 (stop when you get to 2. Cast of Characters); Instructor's lecture notesWhat is myth?andTheories of Myth; The Secrets of STORYTELLING: Our Love for Telling Tales Reveals the Workings of the Mind.

Week 2 Creation/ Lead Creation Discussion

The World of Myth, The Creation, pp. 13 - 41; Instructor's Lecture Notes: Creation myths, Creation II- Genesis

NPR interview with David Leeming)(the author of our book)

Week 3 Floods, Alienation & Destruction; Hindu myth; Choose Presentation Topic

Instructor's Lecture Notes:Alienation and Destruction; The World of Myth, The Flood and the Apocalypse, pp. 43-84; thePandora Story from Hesiod

Week 4 Pantheons & Minor Deities

ReadWorld of Mythpp 87-115 and Gods, Goddesses, and Lesser Spirits, pp. 171 - 200

Week 5 Theories of Myth & Archetypes

Instructor's Lecture NotesTheories of Myth, Example of a myth interpretedand Tricksters

Chp. 13 inParallel Myths by Bierlein, Myth as a History of Prehistory: The Matriarchal Theory (271-4) and A Modern Non-Psychological Approach: Structuralism (296-9)

The Scholars and the Goddess

Chapter 4 in our textbook (117-167); Instructor's Notes Jung and individuation; Archetypal Analysis mythology (2).ppt;

Instructor's Lecture Notes: and the three selections from Myths & Legends: Raven (pp. 286-7),Loki (pp. 96-7) , and Monkey the Chinese trickster (pp. 220-1).

Week 6 Native American myth; Object Myths; Annotated Bibliography I due

The World of Myth, 281-302

Week 7 Heroes & Heroines

Read The World of Myth, Hero Myths, 203-208 and 237-268, Interpreting Hero Myths and Heroines.

Read the Abandoned Heroine Archetype in Greek and Roman Myth.rtf

Week 8 Heroes II

The World of Myth, Hero Myths, 209-237; Culture Heroes.pdf;

Week 9 Art & Myth Online Fieldtrip

No reading

Week 10 Monsters &Presentations

13 Mythical Creatures, Ranked

Top 10 Weird & Scary Monsters

6 Mythical Monsters

Top 10 Greek Monsters

Week 11 Underworld/ Myth and Religion; Annotated Bibliography II due

World of Myth, pp. 273-280; 3 selections from Phillip's Mythology that are listed below.

The Greek Underworld and Orpheus in the Underworld (42-5)

Journey to the Land of the Dead (246-7)

Origin of Death (Maori) (340-1)

Week 12 Myth in Modern Life

Soberheroes: A Critical Look at Modern Mythology

Superheroes Are Not Mythology

Modern Mythology: What Superheroes Can Show Us about Humanity

American Superheroes and the Politics of Good and Evil

Final Reflections; Journals due

Subject to change based on needs of class


Attendance Policy

Regular attendance and participation in classes are essential for success in and are completion requirements for courses at CCV. A student's failure to meet attendance requirements as specified in course descriptions will normally result in a non-satisfactory grade.

  • In general, missing more than 20% of a course due to absences, lateness or early departures may jeopardize a student's ability to earn a satisfactory final grade.
  • Attending an on-ground or synchronous course means a student appeared in the live classroom for at least a meaningful portion of a given class meeting. Attending an online course means a student posted a discussion forum response, completed a quiz or attempted some other academically required activity. Simply viewing a course item or module does not count as attendance.
  • Meeting the minimum attendance requirement for a course does not mean a student has satisfied the academic requirements for participation, which require students to go above and beyond simply attending a portion of the class. Faculty members will individually determine what constitutes participation in each course they teach and explain in their course descriptions how participation factors into a student's final grade.

Participation Expectations

To earn full participation points for the week, students should:

  • Read the assigned material and demonstrate an understanding of those resources in your assignments and posts. Readings and resources should be cited using MLA format.
  • Post an original response to the weekly prompt(s) before Saturday at midnight (11:59 PM) and a minimum of three responses to peers before Monday at noon. You are welcome to post early and/or more frequently, as your schedule allows, but you will not receive full credit if you do not meet these minimum requirements and/or deadlines.
  • Posts should be substantive and demonstrate college-level writing. A substantive post is well-developed, a minimum 150 words, and references the reading or another appropriate source. A substantive post is NOT one or two sentences of general statements or unsupported opinion.

Missing & Late Work Policy

No credit is given for posts made after the end of the week (that is Monday night for online classes).

Other work will be accepted up to one week after its due date with a loss of 1 grade. After that it becomes a 0.

Please contact me in advance if you cannot meet a deadline.

Accessibility Services for Students with Disabilities:

CCV strives to mitigate barriers to course access for students with documented disabilities. To request accommodations, please
  1. Provide disability documentation to the Accessibility Coordinator at your academic center. https://ccv.edu/discover-resources/students-with-disabilities/
  2. Request an appointment to meet with accessibility coordinator to discuss your request and create an accommodation plan.
  3. Once created, students will share the accommodation plan with faculty. Please note, faculty cannot make disability accommodations outside of this process.

Academic Integrity

CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.