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Course Syllabus: Pre-Columbian Mythology

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Course Description


These were civilizations like no other--and there has been nothing like them since. Creating horrifying methods of human sacrifice, public sports from which modern soccer, football, and basketball eventually developed, and some of history's greatest monuments, these civilizations will never be forgotten. The Inca--rulers of the Andes; Mayans--geniuses of Central America, and the Aztecs--brutal tyrants of Mexico. These are societies that blew the minds of those who first discovered them, then shrivelled away under the stress of disease and opportunistic foreign empires.

Take a journey with us into the time before Columbus discovered the Americas, when mystical and magnificent kingdoms worshipped gods unlike those thought up by any other civilization. Learn about the bizarre rituals, strange deities, and sometimes shocking uses of religion this trio of civilizations employed to gain control over their continents. These are some of the best untold stories in human history--what happens when a portion of humanity splits off form itself, moves a world away, and develops for thousands of years. Excitement, mysteries, and gut-wrenching realities abound.

This course is perfect for those looking to learn more about the ancient culture of Latin America before travel, for determining your interest or boning up on archaeology, for the adventurous, and the studious. This is a world unlike anything you've ever known, cutting through the shroud of mystery to give you the facts about one of most important eras in human history. The role of Pre-Columbian mythology shaped an entire world, and learning about it may reshape yours!

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: Prehistoric America

Lesson 2: The Incans

Lesson 3: The Aztecs

Lesson 4: The Mayans

Lesson 5: Other Beliefs and Rites

Lesson 6: What We See Now

Lesson 7: The Arrival of the Europeans

Lesson 8: Ancient Mythology in Latin American Today

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. An assignment will be included in a few of the lessons. 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:
  • Know prehistoric America.
  • Know the history of The Incans.
  • Know the history of the Aztecs and Mayans.
  • Know the arrival of the Europeans and the resulting consequences, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
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Assessment Guide

An Introduction5
Lesson 1 Exam10
Lesson 2 Exam10
Lesson 3 Exam10
Lesson 4 Assignment45
Lesson 4 Exam10
Lesson 5 Exam10
Lesson 6 Exam9
Lesson 7 Exam10
Lesson 8 Assignment45
Lesson 8 Exam10
The Final Exam35
Total Points:209
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