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Course Syllabus: Norse Mythology 101

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Course Description


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!

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: Norse Worship

Lesson 2: The Gods

Lesson 3: The Eddas

Lesson 4: Other Texts

Lesson 5: Pre-Norse Mythology

Lesson 6: The Sagas

Lesson 7: Iconography and Art

Lesson 8: Norse 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. There will be a   final 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 Norse worship and the gods.
  • Describe The Eddas.
  • Describe Pre-Norse Mythology.
  • Know The Sagas.
  • Know Iconography and Art of Norse Mythology, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
An Introduction5
Lesson 1 Exam10
Norse gods and goddesses25
Lesson 2 Exam9
The Eddas25
Lesson 3 Exam10
Other Texts25
Lesson 4 Exam10
Pre-Norse Mythology25
Lesson 5 Exam9
The Sagas25
Lesson 6 Exam10
Art and Iconography25
Lesson 7 Exam7
The Final Assignment50
Lesson 8 Exam8
The Final Exam33
Total Points:311

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