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Course Syllabus: Celtic Mythology 101


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Course Description

Celtic mythology is a world unlike any you've ever discovered before. It is a place where gods are both dead and alive, where a parallel world lies over top of the world you live in every day, filled with mystical beings that can contact you whenever they please. The Celtic world was one of covens of ancient Druids who spent their entire lives memorizing the totality of Celtic lore in order to pass the knowledge from generation to generation. It was a place of grand celebrations and bloody wars, all of which became anchored in the Celtic mythology.

 

This course will take you from the mysterious rites of the Druids to meetings between the great Julius Caesar and the land he could not conquer, and back again. By the end you will have an entirely different view of what religion or mythology can be, and has been in the past. Meet devious gods and oppressive kings, learn about mighty conquests and the unconquerable Tuatha Dé Danann.

 

You will also learn about how Celtic mythology has lived on in the role of globally celebrated holidays, inspiration for some of the world's and history's greatest writers, and in newly founded religions that seek to tap into the ancient wisdom of the Celts. Learning about the Celts and their mythology is truly learning something new--it's a world unlike anything you've learned about before!

Course Requirements

This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area but you should have a high school reading level. No books will be required.

Course Topics

 

Lesson 1: Celtic Worship

Lesson 2: The Celtic Gods

Lesson 3: The People of the Goddess Danu

Lesson 4: The Rennes Dendshenchas

Lesson 5: The Lebor Gabala Erenn

Lesson 6: Art and Iconography

Lesson 7: Celtic Mythology Today

Lesson 8: Celtic Mythology and the World

Course Materials

All course material will be provided in the lessons and netlinks. There are no required materials to purchase before taking the class.

Grading Policy

Each lesson will include a lesson review quiz along with an assignment. Students will successfully complete this course with an overall average of 70% or higher.

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe Celtic worship.
  • Describe the Celtic gods.
  • Describe The People of the Goddess Danu.
  • Describe The Rennes Dindshenchas.
  • Describe The Lebor Gabala Erenn.
  • Know the art, iconography, and Celtic mythology today, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
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Assessment Guide

An Introduction5
Lesson 1: Celtic Worship10
Lesson 2: The Celtic Gods9
Lesson 3: The People of the Goddess Danu10
Lesson 4: The Rennes Dendshenchas10
Lesson 5: The Lebor Gabala Erenn9
Lesson 6: Art and Iconography10
Lesson 7: Celtic Mythology Today10
The Final Assignment100
Lesson 8: Celtic Mythology and the World10
The Final Exam25
Total Points:208
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