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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
12/31/18 - 05/31/19 06/03/19 - 07/28/19 Spring 2019 Session D 8 Week session
02/25/19 - 08/02/19 08/05/19 - 09/29/19 Summer 2019 Session I 8 Week session
04/29/19 - 10/04/19 10/07/19 - 12/01/19 Fall 2019 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

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

  • Explain what myth and ritual are and are not and compare myths to other “stories” such as legends and folktales
  • Discuss the purpose of mythology and rituals, both in contemporary society and in ancient times
  • Discuss universal characteristics or themes common to all myths
  • 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.
  • Describe and provide examples of the wide variety of rituals including: rites of passage, divination rituals, ancestral rituals, fertility rituals, etc.
  • 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.

For the purposes of this course, a “week” is defined as the time period between Monday–Sunday. The first week begins on the first day of the semester and ends at 11:55 p.m. Eastern Time, the following Sunday.

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.

You are required to participate in classroom Forums during the week. Respecting your busy schedules, Forum work is asynchronous, meaning you are not required to be online at a specific time or place with the professor and other members of your course. Instead, you post your comments in Forums. (You certainly may choose to interact synchronously with your classmates or me via a chat room, however). It is not acceptable to wait until Sunday (the last day of the online week) to begin participating in the discussions, as it does not give your classmates ample time to respond to your post, or you to theirs. You must participate, substantively, during the week to fulfill the Forum requirements.

In addition, forum work must be posted in the classroom on the week assigned. Please keep in mind that the weeks run Monday-Sunday. Forums will not be accepted via email, snail mail, or phone calls. And, all posted discussions must be relevant to the week’s reading. That is: Week 4 requires a forum on the readings and assignments for Week 4. Postings unrelated to the week’s discussion will not be counted as participation.

Full credit for a Forum post is given for signing in weekly and contributing to the forum, each week, with meaningful and valid comments. Please see procedure below.

The Forum Procedures are:

1) Submit your initial posting(s) in the Forum section of the classroom, making sure that it is at least 250+ words long and demonstrates:

a) a recall of concepts and theories in the book and/or lectures,

b) critical thinking and evaluation through examples that assess the validity of the concept,

c) application of outside information to illustrate both the concepts being discussed and your opinion on this topic.

2) You must attribute a source when using information from your readings, lectures, and other outside sources, although in forums, a specific citation style is not required.

3) Respond to the initial forum posting of at least TWO of your classmates, making sure that these are substantial responses of at least 100 words to each classmate.

Helpful Hint: In order to complete your Forum posts, click on the weekly topic and create a new post by clicking on the "Post New Thread" link at the top of this page. When you are done typing in the text box, click “post message,” at the bottom of the text box. When responding to one of your classmates, you simply need to click on the "Reply" button to the right of their name. Again, when you are done typing in the text box, click “post message,” at the bottom of the text box.

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.

NameGrade %
Forums 35.00 %
Week 1 Intro Forum 3.89 %
Week 1 Forum 3.89 %
Week 2 Forum 3.89 %
Week 3 Forum 3.89 %
Week 4 Forum 3.89 %
Week 5 Forum 3.89 %
Week 6 Forum 3.89 %
Week 7 Forum 3.89 %
Week 8 Forum 3.89 %
Paper 20.00 %
Week 3 - Myth Analysis Paper 20.00 %
Midterm 10.00 %
Week 4 - Mid-Term 10.00 %
Final 10.00 %
Week 8 - Final 10.00 %
Project 25.00 %
Week 7 - Myth & Culture project 25.00 %

Book Title: Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Links provided inside the classroom in the Lessons section.
Author:
Publication Info:
ISBN: N/A

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Links provided inside the classroom in the Lessons section.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.