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Mark V Calogero
B CUSP 189
Bothell Campus

Myth, Ritual, and Culture

Introduces the concepts of ritual, myth, symbols, and the construction of meaning in fields such as psychology, anthropology, performance studies, theater, and religions studies, focusing on the formation of rituals and their functions in different social contexts. Offered: WSp.

Class description

Students will learn how ritual governs our everyday life, how it is connected with myth through history (in particular, the history of one Seattle neighborhood), and how symbol as filtered by culture influences our constructions of meaning both cognitively--through human thinking processes--and socially.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

mostly, lecture discussion, though I hope to incorporate some elements that would have students experience the rituals of a neighborhood or a community.

Recommended preparation

To have read the common book, to have taken a first quarter B-CUSP course.

Class assignments and grading

short, individual writing assignments culminating in a more lengthy paper at quarter's end. A small-group project culminating in an oral-presentation is likely.

written responses and mid-term evaluation.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Mark V Calogero
Date: 10/27/2006