Folklore | Myth, Legend, & Popular Science
F210 | 28905 | G. Schrempp

Fulfills COLL Social & Historical

Myths are colorful stories that tell about the origin of the cosmos
and about the deeds of larger-than-life characters.  Myths are often
set in ancient times or said to be "timeless". Legends tell of more
recent and/or contemporary events that are memorable or startling.
While plausible, legends are often not wholeheartedly believed.
Popular science is a contemporary literary genre in which qualified
specialists in the various scientific fields explain recent findings
in terms that are accessible and appealing--and that often challenge
what myth and/or legend have to say about the topic in question.
Myth, legend, and popular science all present us with basic
propositions about the nature of the world and about how we should
live.  In this course we will critically compare these three genres,
asking what features in each might lead us to place credence in
their claims.