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Instructor Class Description

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Michael Heyes
CHID 496
Seattle Campus

Focus Groups

Credit/no-credit only.

Class description

This course will encourage students to evaluate magic and mythology through a chain of three processes: 1) Acquire a working knowledge of mythology and magic in different cultures and different time periods (where possible through primary text), 2) Establish the way in which modern media (books, short stories, movies, television shows, etc) makes use of mythology and magic as well as what, if any, alterations such media has made to the medium, and 3) Discern what modernity has “gained” through such alterations to the original form.

Student learning goals

Students should have a wide working knowledge of traditional mythology

Students should have a working knowledge of several magical paradigms

Students should have experience in framing the needs of modernity in the way modernity makes use of traditional mythology and magical paradigms

Students should have a general knowledge of the transformation that myths undergo in their appopriation into modernity

General method of instruction

Class will follow the form of a brief lecture in the beginning, followed by discussion and group analysis.

Recommended preparation

No prior background is necessary, although it can only serve to enrich the course.

Class assignments and grading

One final paper about a subject studied in class.

Credit/No Credit

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 Michael Heyes
Date: 03/05/2008