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    Otterbein University
   
 
  Nov 24, 2017
 
 
    
2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

FYS 1018 - The Hero’s Journey Through College

Hours: 4
The myth of the hero involves a central character who must leave behind the ordinary world to complete a series of physical or psychological tests. The hero’s courage, strength and resolve are all required to successfully overcome the dangers and pitfalls of this journey. If all the challenges are met successfully, the hero undergoes a spiritual or emotional transformation and is returned to the ordinary world a stronger and wiser person, often using the skills he or she has gained to restore order in the community. In this course, students will be introduced to the hero myth throughout history and across cultures. We will then investigate depictions of the hero’s journey in American culture, with special attention paid to cinematic representations. Students will be expected to identify and analyze the components of the heroic narrative in literature and film. We will furthermore consider the myth of the hero as a metaphor for the student’s journey through his or her college education. Together we will investigate the ways in which college, like the hero’s quest, can be a challenge leading to a transformation of the self from an untested novice to an educated and experienced adult.