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RELS405 - Myth and Ritual

Course Details

Course Code: RELS405 Course ID: 3545 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course is a study of the role of myth and ritual in historical terms as well as modern myth and ritual developments. Students explore the influence of pervasive myths and rituals in society as they are infused throughout people and religious thought. Students will examine the continued influences of classical, religious and new myths in American popular culture and society today.





Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
08/26/19 - 01/31/20 02/03/20 - 03/29/20 Winter 2020 Session I 8 Week session
10/28/19 - 04/03/20 04/06/20 - 05/31/20 Spring 2020 Session B 8 Week session
12/30/19 - 05/29/20 06/01/20 - 07/26/20 Spring 2020 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After you have completed this course, you should be able to:

  • CO1: Explain what myth and ritual are and are not and compare myths to other “stories” such as legends and folktales
  • CO2: Discuss the purpose of mythology and rituals, both in contemporary society and in ancient times
  • CO3: Discuss universal characteristics or themes common to all myths
  • CO4: Describe and provide examples of the various types of myths including: Creation and Cosmology myths, myths of the Gods, Hero myths, Fertility myths, Place and Object myths, etc.
  • CO5: Describe and provide examples of the wide variety of rituals including: rites of passage, divination rituals, ancestral rituals, fertility rituals, etc.
  • CO6: Analyze various ancient and contemporary myths using theories of myth interpretation

The nature of an online course dictates a significant degree of independent work. I will provide you with the resources, experience, and guidance; you assume the responsibility for managing your time, learning the material, and completing assignments on time.

It is imperative that you read your messages every time you log into the classroom. Important updates to your assignments, due dates, etc. will be sent to you via message or posted in the course announcements.

I have designed this course so that your weekly readings include:

  • Several weekly readings
  • A weekly lesson

Grades in this course are based on the following:

  1. Class Participation in Forums: Participation will be evaluated based on the degree of interaction you have with your instructor and with your fellow students.

2. Other Assignments: Please see the "Assignments" tab in the course for details about each assignment and due dates.

3. Open Book/Open Note, UNTIMED, Midcourse Assessment: The due date for this assessment is listed in your course outline, below. Assessments are opened one week before they are due.

4. Open Book/Open Note, UNTIMED, End of Course Assessment: The due date for this assessment is listed in your course outline, below. Assessments are opened one week before they are due.

Book Title: Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit http://apus.libguides.com/er.php to locate the course eReserve.*
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Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit http://apus.libguides.com/er.php to locate the course eReserve.*
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Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.