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Thor, Odin, Valhalla--all names you've probably heard of before, but names you might not know represent one of the most unique religions ever conceived. The Norse, the Vikings, the Scandinavians--whatever you prefer to call them, they were one of the most dominant and different civilizations to ever grace our planet. The combination of their civilization and beliefs systems is something that has puzzled outsiders for ages. The religious tenants lasted over a thousand years, despite never being written down. The gods are still well known today, even though they haven't been worshipped in a thousand more--that is, by most.

Dive into the world of the Norse, where adventure and honor take the place of morality and proper behaviour; where fire-breathing wolves bluster about only to be slain by someone as common as you or I. Life is death, war is peace, and gods are mortal in this ancient, gripping belief-system. You will learn about the roots of the Norse and Viking beliefs, and read about everything from dangerous sea explorations to human sacrifice. Walk the streets of the holy city of Uppsala and feel the wraith of Thor's hammer. Learn what the inside of Valhalla looks like, and what Vikings believed they had to do to get there!

The course comes with eight question and answer sessions following each lesson to ensure knowledge retention as well as entertainment. Ever wondered how the greatest explorers saw the world through their eyes--find out today!

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Lesson 1. Norse Worship

While we still pay homage to the Norse deities and places of worship in popular culture, we also follow many of the traditions that originated with the Norse people. 15 Total Points
  • Review Article: Norse Mythology
  • Take Poll: Norse Mythology
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Exam

Lesson 2. The Gods

Many runes were inscribed with myths surrounding the Norse gods, as well as human folk heroes. 9 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Norse Gods and Goddesses; The Norse Gods
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Exam

Lesson 3. The Eddas

The Eddas are the manuscripts in which Norse mythology was written toward the end of Norse polytheism's dominance. 10 Total Points
  • Review Article: The Poetic Edda
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Exam

Lesson 4. Other Texts

Another record of Norse mythology comes from the 13th century, in a book called the Gesta Danorum. 10 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Gesta Danorum; Ynglinga Saga
  • Take Poll: Norse Texts
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Exam

Lesson 5. Pre-Norse Mythology

One of the earliest records of Germanic paganism/polytheism/mythology comes from the Roman historian, Tacitus, and his book, Germania. 9 Total Points
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Exam

Lesson 6. The Sagas

While other civilizations were trading over mere mountain ranges, the Norse were trading across oceans. 10 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Sagas and other Literature; The Icelandic Sagas
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Exam

Lesson 7. Iconography and Art

The letters of the Norse have a more artistic and slightly primal quality than many other alphabets from the region -- something that translated either to or from both the iconography, and art, of the civilization. 7 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Norse Art; Norse Symbols
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Exam

Lesson 8. Norse Mythology and the World

Norse mythology, due to its barely referenced domination of much of Europe, is a forefather to many parts of our religious lives today -- even if it came well after the more excessive dominance of the religions observed today. 141 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Norse Mythology and Popular Culture; Norse Mythology and Video Games
  • Take Poll: What is your opinion of this course?
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: The Final Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Exam
  • Complete: The Final Exam
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Course Title: Norse Mythology 101
Course Number: 8900290
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
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Course Type: General Education
CEU Value: 0.4 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: C. Michael McKenna
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By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe Norse worship and the gods.
  • Describe The Eddas.
  • Describe Pre-Norse Mythology.
  • Know The Sagas.
  • Know Iconography and Art of Norse Mythology, and
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Student Testimonials

  • "I liked having information on the Norse people themselves, including details on the temples and rituals, and enjoyed the historical portion." -- Jay L.
  • "Good stuff!" -- Kyle B.
  • "I love how easy the class was to use!" -- Donnie G.

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