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Interdisciplinary Studies

IDS 129 (IT) Mythology and Symbolism (1)

This seminar explores how symbols found in myths, legends, rituals and dreams relate to key developmental transitions in the human life cycle: birth, puberty, young adulthood, mid-life and death. Symbolic expression is examined at both a cultural level (a comparative study of contemporary symbolism in Anglo, Native American and Eastern cultures) and at an individual level (i.e., one's own creative symbolism, especially in dreams). A major focus will be on how knowledge gleaned through these Modes of Inquiry can enhance the ability to make decisions that affect one's own and others' personal development.

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

  • Offering: Alternate years in fall
  • Instructor: Fischer