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COURSE NUMBER: HUMN103
COURSE TITLE:Fantasy and Mythology
DIVISION:Liberal Arts
IAI CODE(S): H9 901
SEMESTER CREDIT HOURS:3
CONTACT HOURS:135
STUDENT ENGAGEMENT HOURS:
DELIVERY MODE:

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
A study of the nature of mythology through study of folklore and legendary narratives, themes, archetypal figures/situations, symbolism and figurative language.

PREREQUISITES:
Place into ENGL101.

NOTES:

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:
* To read some works of mythology and fantasy
* To train students in terms of certain techniques of literature and literary criticism, such as theme, characterization, setting, figurative language, and symbolism
* To compare themes in mythology and fantasy across cultures
* To trace the influences of specific myths and legends on some contemporary works of literature
* To write a number of literature-based papers

TOPICAL OUTLINE:
Literary terminology and critical techniques
Figurative language and symbolism
Some universal aspects of literature
Backgrounds of classic myths
Greek and Roman
Norse/Icelandic saga
Indian
Native American
Genres and Myths
Creation stories
Tales of Heroes and Heroines
The Journey/the Quest
Fantasy: Modern interpretations
Tolkien, Lewis, the Inklings
Feminist retellings
Influence on popular culture and film

TEXTBOOK / SPECIAL MATERIALS:
Gaiman, Neil.. Anansi Boys. New York: Harper Collins, 2005.

Gardner, John.. Grendel. New York: Ballanfine Books, 1971.

Hamilton, Edith.  Mythology New American Library.
Lord Dunsany The King of Elfland’s Daughter Random House.

EVALUATION:
Grades in this course depend upon completion of the following work:
1. all required readings
2. active participation in discussions/group work/attendance
3. a variety of written work
4. exams and quizzes
5. an in-class presentation, either individually or as part of a group, on a chosen work not read by the entire class.

Grades will be assigned on the following basis:
1. two short, objective reading quizzes over assigned material.  Students will be given three quizzes and may drop their lowest grade, or skip one quiz.
Points: 10 (5 points for each quiz)
2. Attendance and participation
Points: 5
3. Essay #1 over assigned reading material; five-page minimum
Points: 15
4. Essay #2 over assigned reading material; five-page minimum.
Points: 20 (the increased number of points allows for improvement between essays 1 and 2)
5. Midterm exam: one-third objective; two-thirds essay.
Points: 15 (5 points for each part)
6. Presentation of selected material to class and minimum five-page paper based on reading
Points: 15
7. Final exam: one-fourth objective; three-fourths essay
Points: 20 (5 points for each part)

Total number of possible points: 100
Grading scale: 90-100 = A
81-89 = B
71-80 = C
61-70 = D
60 and under = F

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STUDENT CONDUCT CODE:
Membership in the DACC community brings both rights and responsibility. As a student at DACC, you are expected to exhibit conduct compatible with the educational mission of the College. Academic dishonesty, including but not limited to, cheating and plagiarism, is not tolerated. A DACC student is also required to abide by the acceptable use policies of copyright and peer-to-peer file sharing. It is the student’s responsibility to become familiar with and adhere to the Student Code of Conduct as contained in the DACC Student Handbook. The Student Handbook is available in the Information Office in Vermilion Hall and online at: https://dacc.edu/student-handbook

DISABILITY SERVICES:
Any student who feels s/he may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the Testing & Academic Services Center at 217-443-8708 (TTY 217-443-8701) or stop by Cannon Hall Room 113. Please speak with your instructor privately to discuss your specific accommodation needs in this course.

REVISION:
Fall 2010

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