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010107 SE Myth (2018W)

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 1 - Katholische Theologie
Continuous assessment of course work

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Details

max. 25 participants
Language: Englisch

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Tuesday 08.01. 15:00 - 20:00 Seminarraum 2 (Kath) Schenkenstraße EG
Wednesday 09.01. 16:45 - 20:00 Prominentenzimmer Tiefparterre Hauptgebäude Hof 4
Thursday 10.01. 16:45 - 20:00 Prominentenzimmer Tiefparterre Hauptgebäude Hof 4
Friday 11.01. 16:45 - 18:15 Seminarraum 1 (Kath) Schenkenstraße EG

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

Aim:
To introduce students to the range of modern theories of myth and to enable students to apply those theories to actual myths. By the end of the course, students should have become familiar with the range of modern theories of myth, with ways of comparing theories, with ways of applying theories to actual myths, and with ways of evaluating theories.

Description:
A survey of five leading theories of myth from the fields of anthropology, sociology, and psychology. The focus will be on the differing answers the theories give to the common questions of the origin, the function, and the subject matter of myth. Each theory will be applied to a familiar myth.

Method:
Lectures with textual material in English.

Assessment and permitted materials

Assessment:
Class participation (20%) and one essay of 4,000 words (80%).
Permitted Instruments: None.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Examination topics: Lecture content and readings.

Examination topics

Essay Topics:
1. Apply Tylor’s theory to Genesis 2-3. Assess how well the theory fits and does not fit the myth.
2. Apply Rank’s (Freudian) theory to the case of King Saul (First Samuel). Assess how well the theory fits and does not fit the myth.
3. Apply Campbell’s (Jungian) theory to the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. Assess how well the theory fits and does not fit the myth.
4. Apply Frazer’s theory to the life of Jesus (Gospel of Matthew). Assess how well the theory fits and does not fit the myth.
5. Apply Malinowski’s theory to the story of the Flood (Genesis 6-9). Assess how well the theory fits and does not fit the myth.

Reading list

Reading list
The only book that students are advised to check is my Myth: A Very Short Introduction, which was published in both first and second editions in English by Oxford University Press.

Readings will be provided in advance via Moodle.

Association in the course directory

066 800 M4 Angewandte Systematik
für 011 (15W) FTH 17 oder FTH 26, 198 418 BA UF RK 16, 199 518 MA UF RK 02 oder RK 05, 033 195 (17W) BRP 18krp, BRP 18ktb, auslaufende Studienpläne: für 011 (11W) D31 oder DAM, 033 195 (15W) BAM 13, für SP PdR 11c , 066 796 (15W) MRP 9, Seminar oder (F)WF für 020

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