Asian Mythology | F19

AGES: 11-18
DAY, TIME: TUESDAYS 10:45-11:45
LOCATION: ROOM 2

TEACHER

Lynda Abbott, Ph.D.
abbott@fastmail.fm

CLASS DESCRIPTION

This Fall session class will explore the myths and cultures of India and Southeast Asia. We’ll start with the creation myths and the Vedic gods and discuss India’s most famous classic epics, The Ramayana and The Mahabharata. We’ll end the session with a study of how these Hindu and Buddhist traditions spread and influenced the cultures of Southeast Asia, as well as other traditions native to those areas.

NOTE: This course is intentionally flexible to accommodate students with varied ages, abilities, and needs. Although it is planned as a three-session series of courses, students can join the class for any or all three parts of this course. In addition, the coursework for the class is flexible enough to allow for individual differences in ages and abilities. Specifically, writing assignments will be offered for this class, but actual completion of these writing assignments is optional. Younger students or those intimidated by essay writing can just enjoy the cultural study without doing these writing assignments. Those completing the writing assignments will be given feedback intended to help them improve their writing skills and encourage their engagement in discussing their ideas about the class content.

REQUIRED SKILLS FOR STUDENTS TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN THIS CLASS:

Compliance with Family Rights & Responsibilities.

Students should be interested in mythology or the comparative culture subject matter.

HOMEWORK:

Homework for this course is optional. (See note, above.) Homework will be assigned in the form of writing assignments, usually on a weekly handout. Completing these writing assignments is up to the student. If the student doesn’t wish to do the writing assignment, the questions listed on the assignment sheet can be used as discussion points for students to discuss what they learned in class with parents.

FIELD TRIPS:

N/A

ADDITIONAL FEES/SUPPLIES:

N/A

PARENT INVOLVEMENT:

Parents welcome.

AGE VARIANCES:

Please see our Age Variance Policy.