Classical Mythology
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Section I: Administrative Information
  Total hours: 42.0
Credit Value: 3.0
Credit Value Notes: N/A
Effective: Winter 2017
Prerequisites: N/A
Corequisites: N/A
Pre/Co/Equiv Notes: N/A

Program(s): Cross College Courses
Program Coordinator(s): Sarah Sinclair
Course Leader or Contact: Chrisoula Benak
Status: Approved (APPR)

Section I Notes: N/A

Section II: Course Details

Detailed Description
Students investigate classical mythology with an emphasis on the primary literature. They examine the origins of classical mythology and the cultural influence of the myths on the art of the western world. Specific topics include: the nature of the gods, heroes and mortals as they are celebrated in story, the variety of authors who narrated the myths, and the contexts in which the myths were created. By examining the qualities of classical myths, students develop an understanding of the timeless and universal appeal of the ancient myths to contemporary society. Through the myths, students gain insights into the human condition and the struggle to understand both environment and emotions, aspects of which are still reflected in the disciplines of art, literature, and psychology today.

Program Context

Cross College Courses Program Coordinator: Sarah Sinclair
This course is part of the General Education curriculum which is designed to contribute to the development of the students' consciousness of the diversity, complexity, and richness of the human experience; their ability to establish meaning through this consciousness; and, as a result, their ability to contribute thoughtfully, creatively, and positively to the society in which they live and work. General Education courses strengthen students' generic skills, such as critical analysis, problem solving, and communication, in the context of an exploration of topics with broad-based personal and/or societal importance.

Course Critical Performance and Learning Outcomes

 Critical Performance
By the end of this course, students will have demonstrated the ability
to analyze prominent themes and characteristics of, and values
presented in classical myths. 

Learning Outcomes
To achieve the critical performance, students will have demonstrated
the ability to:

1.  Describe the evolution of classical myths from an oral to a
    written tradition. 

2.  Examine the cultural context in which these stories were first
    narrated and then recorded.

3.  Compare the diversity of styles and attitudes in the writers of
    classical myths.

4.  Deconstruct the elements of myth.

5.  Analyze how classical myths continue to provide insight into the
    human condition.

6.  Identify new myths which use traditional structure and form in a
    contemporary setting.

7.  Explain how aspects of classical myth transcend time and place.

Evaluation Plan
Students demonstrate their learning in the following ways:

Students demonstrate their learning in the following ways:

In-Class Writing Assignment:               10%
Written Analysis #1:                       20%
Written Analysis #2:                       20%
In-Class Quizzes (2 @ 5%):                 10%
Test:                                      20%
Final Exam:                                20%
Provincial Context
The course meets the following Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities requirements:


Essential Employability Skills
Essential Employability Skills emphasized in the course:

X Communication X Critical Thinking & Problem Solving   Interpersonal
  Numeracy X Information Management X Personal

Notes: N/A

General Education
This General Education course relates to the following themes as specified by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

X Arts In Society   Civic Life
X Social and Cultural Understanding   Science and Technology
  Personal Understanding    

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition
PLAR Contact (if course is PLAR-eligible) : Office of the Registrar

Students may apply to receive credit by demonstrating achievement of the course learning outcomes through previous relevant work/life experience, service, self-study and training on the job. This course is eligible for challenge through the following method(s):

Challenge Exam Portfolio Interview Other Not Eligible for PLAR
X   X    

Notes:  Both a challenge exam and an interview are required.

Section III: Topical Outline
Some details of this outline may change as a result of circumstances such as weather cancellations, College and student activities, and class timetabling.
Effective term: Winter 2017
Professor: Multiple Professors
Buxton, R. (2004) The Complete World of Greek Mythology. Thames & 
Hudson Ltd. London

Recommended Reading:

Day, M. (2007). 100 characters from classical myth: Discover the
fascinating stories of the Greek and Roman deities. ISBN 0764160060

Hanson, W.F. (2004). Handbook for classical mythology.  ISBN 1576072266

Harris, S.L. and Platzner G. (2012). Classical mythology: Images and
insights. ISBN 0073407526

Applicable student group(s): Cross-College General Education.
Course Details:
Module One: Introduction to Classical Mythology
Readings: Part One, Part Two

Unit 1: 
The Meaning of Myth
The Cultural Context of Greek Myths
Myth and Society

Unit 2:
The Development of Classical Mythology
Contexts for Myth Telling
Sources of Evidence for Classical Mythology

Module Two: The Olympians
Readings: Part Two, Part Three

Unit 3:
Greek Myth and Religion
The Ancient Greek Gods
Powers and Spheres of Influence
Introduction to Written Analysis #1

Unit 4:
Review of Part Two and Part Three Readings
In-Class Writing Assignment (10%)

Module 3:  Heroic Exploits
Readings: Part Four, Part Five

Unit 5:
Jason, the Argonauts and Medea
The Hero's Quest
Written Analysis #1 (20%) due

Unit 6:
Perseus, Theseus, Herakles
The Hero's Journey Model
Introduction to Written Analysis #2
Quiz #1 (5%)

Unit 7:
Test (20%)

Unit 8:
The Trojan War:  The Hero's Journey Continued
Myth versus History: Homer's Perspective

Unit 9: 
The Odyssey: The Hero's Journey Continued
Ancient Greek Perspective on the Meaning of Quest and Cultural Differences

Unit 10:
House of Pelops
House of Laios
Myth and Politics
Written Analysis #2 (20%) due

Module 4: Greek Myths after the Greeks
Readings: Part Six, Part Seven
Unit 11:
A Landscape of Myths
The Continuation of Greek Mythology: 
	Middle Ages
	Renaissance to 20th Century
	Modern Greek Literature
Quiz #2 (5%)

Unit 12:
Exam Review

Unit 13:
Final Exam (20%) 
Course/student feedback

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