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ENGL-271 - Mythology - Annie Aboulian

Professor:Annie Aboulian
  • Online
Course Length:
  • 5 Week


Hello, my name is Annie Aboulian and I will be your instructor for English 271 online. Welcome! I'm looking forward to discovering and studying myths from all over the world with you, ranging from the adventures of Thor and Loki in Northern Europe, to Pangu cracking open the world egg in China, to the creation of the Mayan people in Guatemala, and everything in between. This letter serves as our orientation since we are not formally meeting on campus. Below, I will give you a basic overview of this five-week course. 

Course Description

English 271 is a 3-unit course that presents a multicultural look at basic themes and archetypes in mythology, including creation, the female and male divine, heroic quest, the trickster and sacred places. This course meets CSU/UC transfer requirements.

What to Expect in this Course

We will use Canvas and/or COC email to communicate online. You should make a habit of checking Canvas and your email daily, especially for this fast-paced, five-week course.

Course Overview

  • This five-week course requires a substantial weekly time commitment: You should expect to spend several hours per week logged into the class Canvas shell reading and viewing material, submitting work, and participating in discussions to replace the “classroom” time this class would have spent if it met face to face. The good news is that if you buckle down and power through this fun, fascinating, and rigorous course, you will earn the credits of a sixteen-week course in about a third of the time!


  • Please do not take this class because you don’t have time in your schedule to take a “real class.” Most of you know by now that online classes are "real" college classes that require the same time commitment as a class that meets face to face. The only difference is that the time of day that you complete your work is more flexible when you take an online class. You can log in at a time of day convenient to you as long as you post or respond by a predetermined deadline. To successfully complete this course, you will need to log onto our class website several times per week to view documents, submit assignments, and participate in discussions. Meeting the multiple weekly deadlines and carefully reading everything I post will be crucial to success in the class.


  • This course requires self-reliance. I am happy to answer your questions, but before you send me a question, check that the answer is not already available to you either in the class syllabus, assignment instructions, your readings, or elsewhere on Canvas. Also, take advantage of the information and resources provided by the college: the COC Writing Center (TLC), the COC Online Education services, and the Canvas Resources services, all of which will be provided in your syllabus and on Canvas. Part of being a professional college student is taking responsibility for your own learning and discovering how to find the resources needed to succeed. You have a lot of available support, but you must seek it.


  • This course requires daily computer and Internet use. You should have regular and consistent access to a computer with word processing software, email, and a high-speed Internet connection. If you do not have this access at home (or if you have temporary technical difficulties at home – it happens to all of us!) you should identify an alternate location where you will have reliable computer and Internet access. College of the Canyons’ computer labs, including the TLC and library, may be open to limited capacity this summer.


  • This course requires you to learn and use basic technology skills. While you do not need to be a computer “expert” to take this course, you should have a certain level of comfort and competence with computers. To succeed in this class, you should be able to: Navigate the Internet, send and receive email attachments, upload work to Canvas, cut and paste text from documents, compose and format documents in a word processing program, and save documents as PDF files. You should also be able to back up all of your course work as you prepare it. For example, you should save your work to your hard drive, and consider purchasing a thumb drive, which will give you more flexibility and a back-up to your hard drive should your computer be infected by a virus or suffer hardware failure. Google Docs or Dropbox are other great options for backing up/ saving your work. If you are not able to do these things independently, this online class is not the best format for you, especially since it is only five weeks long and you will not have much of an adjustment period. 


Types of Assessments

Journal assignments, discussion posts, essays, projects, online quizzes

Textbook Information

There is no textbook to purchase for this course.

College is expensive, and so are mythology textbooks! I do not want to burden you with an expensive textbook that you will use for only five weeks in this summer course. So, all of your assigned readings will be made available to you for free via the web and online PDFs on Canvas. This is another reason why you must have reliable daily Internet access for this course.

Other Relevant Course Information

The course syllabus, containing important course policies and procedures, the calendar of weekly readings and assignment deadlines, and much more detailed information about how the course is structured overall will be emailed to all enrolled students shortly before the first day of class. It can also be found on our course Canvas shell when it goes live on the first day of class. On that day, you will be required to log in to view the course syllabus and assignment instructions in the Module for Week 1. Be sure to print or save and read the syllabus thoroughly as soon as I email it to you so I can clear up any questions about the course you may have and so you can get started on your work right away.

I want all of you to succeed in this course, and I look forward to working with you this summer!

Thank you, and please let me know if you have any questions.


Professor Aboulian

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

College of the Canyons AAC provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC. A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Academic Accomodation Center website.

Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

Often the pressure on our students is very strong, involving academic commitments, relationships, outside jobs and family pressure to name a few. The staff and faculty of College of the Canyons are here to see you succeed academically and care about your emotional and physical health. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including counseling and mental health services available on campus by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center in the Student Services Building (across from the bookstore). The phone number is 661-362-3259 that you can call 24/7. You can also e mail for an appointment at At the Canyon Country Campus the Health Center will be in the new Student Services Building.

Also, the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number is now 988. All students at COC are encouraged to enter that phone number in their cells. You can call it when you, or someone you know, is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress.

You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

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Last updated: 03/29/2023 Sub#: 1566