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Revision Date: 10-Jan-23

Spring 2023 | ENG-1350-VO02 - 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: 01-24-2023 to 05-08-2023
Last day to drop without a grade: 02-12-2023 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 03-26-2023 - Refund Policy
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration


Larraby Fellows
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Cindy Swanson

General Education Requirements

This section meets the following VSC General Education Requirement(s) for Catalog Year 21-22 and later:
  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 course uses one or more textbooks/books/simulations, along with free Open Educational Resources (OER) and/or library materials.

Spring 2023 textbook/book details will be available on 2022-11-14. 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.

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.


reading the textbook, articles, and various eBook chapters

  • completing quizzes
  • conducting independent research
  • reflecting on the learning process and course content

Evaluation Criteria

  • Weekly Discussions & Projects 40%
  • Weekly Quizzes 40%
  • Self-Assessment & Reflection Essays 20%

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

  1. Welcome to Class
  2. What is Mythology
  3. Theories of Myth
  • Introductions and course navigation basics
  • Open-book quizzes

  1. Creation Myths
  2. Primal Parents
  3. Origins & Etiological Myths
  • Open-book quizzes
  • Create an original origin story

  1. Ancient Greece & Rome
  2. Gods & Goddesses (Pantheons & Archetypes)
  • Open-book quizzes
  • Discussion: Gender Roles in Mythology & Archetypes

  1. The Hero Archetype
  2. Journeys & Quests
  • Open-book quizzes
  • A discussion about the Hero's Journey in Modern Media

  1. Myths of Northern Europe/Norse Mythology
  2. Fairy Tales
  • Open-book quizzes
  • A discussion about the evolution of fairy tales

  1. Myths of Central & Eastern Europe
  2. Witches & Wise Women/The Goddess Figure
  3. Shape Shifters
  • Open-book quizzes
  • A discussion about the witch archetype, gender, and aging

  1. Monsters
  2. Mythical Creatures
  • Open-book quizzes
  • A discussion about creatures in world mythology

  1. Myths of Oceania & the Pacific Islands
  2. Disneyfication & A Case Study: Moana
  • Open-book quizzes
  • A discussion about the pros and cons of "Disneyfication"
  • Mid-Term Reflection Essay

  1. Myths of North America
  2. Tricksters & Culture Heroes
  • Open-book quizzes
  • A discussion about the appeal and staying power of the trickster archetype


  • Myths of West Africa
  • Fables & Animals | Anthropomorphism & Racism
  • Open-book quizzes
  • Create your own fable

  1. Myths of Central & Southern Asia
  2. Mythos of Eastern Asia
  3. Flood Myths
  • Open-book quizzes
  • A discussion about the meaning of flood myths

  1. Myths of Ancient Egypt
  2. Death & Rebirth
  • Open-book quizzes
  • A discussion about the role of death in storytelling

  1. Myths of Central & South America
  2. Apocalypse Myths
  • Open-book quizzes
  • A discussion about end-of-the-world stories in the modern era

  1. Superheroes
  2. Star Wars
  3. Harry Potter (& Myths in YA Lit)
  • Open-book quizzes
  • A discussion about the role of modern myths and the impact of ancient ones


Mythology in Language

Course Wrap-Up

  • Open-book quizzes
  • Reflection Essay
  • Final Discussion

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

For this class, attendance is counted by completing a module quiz and/or posting in the weekly discussion forum. If you do not completeanyquizzes or contribute toanydiscussions within a given week of class, you will be considered absent.If you cannot completeany coursework within any given week,please contact me as soon as possible(larraby.fellows@ccv.edu)so we can make arrangements; otherwise, you will be marked as absent.In accordance withCCV's Attendance PolicyLinks to an external site., missing more than 20% of the course (more than 3 absences for a 15-week class, 2 for a 12-week class, 1 for a 7-week class) may jeopardize the ability to earn a passing grade.

Missing & Late Work Policy

Late work is marked off 20% each day past the due date. If you know that you will be unable to complete modules in any given week,contact me as soon as possible(larraby.fellows@ccv.edu)so that I can either give you early access to the modules or grant you an extension to avoid a penalty in grading.

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.