Norse Mythology Diploma Course

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What Will You Learn?

The stories and people of ancient Norse myths are as complex as they are compelling and as provocative as they are pleasing. Not all the heroes behave heroically and not all monsters are genuinely evil. And while order is admired, chaos abounds.

Though many stories make up the full collection of Norse myths, the Norse Mythology Diploma Course introduces you to the primary tales that begin at the start of the cosmos and end with its complete annihilation.

The Norse Mythology Course begins with the world and beliefs of the people who originated the stories you will study – the Vikings. You will look at the particular behaviours and the firmly held spiritual beliefs of these people to gain greater insight into the stories they held dear.

The course looks at the beginning of how the Norse cosmos was created. You will be introduced to the Norse ‘tree of life’ - Yggdrasil - a symbol that was central to the universe, before moving on to discuss the creation myth and the nine realms that the Vikings believed were inhabited by gods, monsters and others.

You’ll take a look at some of the most important deities in the Norse pantheon – Odin, Thor, Loki, Freya, Baldr and Tyr. You’ll learn the gods’ characteristics, ancient attributes, and their overall roles or functions within the myths.

We explore the first war of the Norse worlds and the eventual unification between the two reigning tribes of deities - the Aesir and the Vanir. We examine the primary players in the conflict and why the myth was important to ancient Norse life.

Following the Aesir-Vanir war, there came a myth that involved the building of a wall around Asgard. A fun and engaging story, it highlights the importance of safety and order in Norse culture and the idea of people being ‘inside’ or ‘outside’ civility.

In the chronology of the Norse sagas, the myth of the Mead of Poetry takes up where the battle between the Aesir and Vanir left off. You will move through the details of the story, learning about its relevance to the Vikings as well as seeing it as a further example of Odin’s enigmatic nature and less than attractive qualities of character.

Taking a deeper look at Odin, we’ll examine two of the myths that expose his unquenchable thirst for wisdom, and what they meant both to Odin as a character and the Vikings as believers of these myths.

Loki fathered a lot of children in Norse mythology. However, three, in particular, are woven into the threads of Ragnarok. We look at who these monsters were, the stories they appear in, and how their destinies were set in motion by the very gods they were fated to destroy.

Thor is a central figure in Norse mythology. You will study two of the more significant myths concerning the god, his courage and his strength – his duel with the giant Hrungnir, as well as his extraordinary encounter with the Midgard serpent.

The Death of Baldr is an important tale in Norse mythology, as it is the event which spurred the oncoming of Ragnarok and thus the destruction of the Norse cosmos. Equally, as a tale told by ancient Norse folk, it has further relevance to their everyday lives, and that will also be explored as part of your learning.

The binding of Loki is the myth that proceeds the battle to end all days. It is engaging and horrific in equal parts and serves to highlight some particular motifs that arise again and again in Norse mythology.

All that you study in the Norse Mythology Diploma Course leads up to Ragnarok, the ending of the Norse cosmos through fire and fury. You will be introduced to a step-by-step retelling of this most wonderful and exciting of myths and explore what happened in the aftermath.

By the end of this course, you will:

  • Know the central Norse myths
  • Have a greater understanding of the primary characters in Norse mythology such as Odin, Thor, Loki and Freya
  • Know how the myths related to the lives of the Vikings
  • Recognise the importance of specific Viking values such as courage, loyalty and sacrifice
  • Be aware of the primary sources of Norse mythology
  • Understand how the Norse cosmos was formed
  • Be aware of the main monsters of Norse mythology and their role in the cosmos’ destruction
  • Know what Ragnarok means and its relevance

Course Syllabus

What will I learn on the course?

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  • Introduction
  • Part 1: What Do We Really Know about the Vikings?
  • Part 2: The Vikings Belief in Destiny and Reverence for Valour
  • Part 3: Sources of Viking Life and Myths
  • Part 4: Non-Chronology of the Chronology
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 1 Assessment
  • Part 1: The Cosmos and the Yggdrasil
  • Part 2: The Creation Myth
  • Part 3: The Norse Creation Myth
  • Part 4: The Realms of the Norse Cosmos
  • Video: Dwarves and Giants in Norse Mythology
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 2 Assessment
  • Part 1: The Pantheon of the Gods
  • Part 2: Odin the Allfather
  • Part 3: Thor God of Thunder
  • Part 4: Loki
  • Part 5: Freya
  • Part 6: Other Gods in the Norse Pantheon
  • Video: The Valkyries
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 3 Assessment
  • Part 1: The Two Tribes and the Myth of Seidr
  • Part 2: Freya and the First War of the Mythical Norse World
  • Part 3: The Purpose of the Myth
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 4 Assessment
  • Part 1: Rebuilding the Wall
  • Part 2: Loki’s Plan and the Beginning of the Wall
  • Part 3: Loki’s Shapeshifting Solution
  • Part 4: The Relevance of The Myth
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 5 Assessment
  • Part 1: The Mead of Poetry in Norse Culture
  • Part 2: The Creation of Kvasir
  • Part 3: Odin’s Theft of the Mead
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 6 Assessment
  • Part 1: Odin’s Journey to the Well of Wisdom
  • Part 2: Odin’s Discovery of the Runes
  • Part 3: Interpretation of this Myth
  • Video: Totem Animals in Norse Mythology
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 7 Assessment
  • Part 1: Odin Summons the Children
  • Part 2: Hel, the Death Goddess
  • Part 3: The Jormungand and the Ouroboros
  • Part 4: Fenrir the Wolf
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 8 Assessment
  • Part 1: Accounts of Thor and the Relevance of Thor’s Strength
  • Part 2: Thor’s Battle with Hrungnir
  • Part 3: Thor Battles with Jormungand
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 9 Assessment
  • Part 1: Death and Dreams
  • Part 2: Baldr’s Death
  • Part 3: The Funeral of Baldr and Hermod in Hel
  • Part 4: The Meaning of this Myth
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 10 Assessment
  • Part 1: Fleeing from the Scene
  • Part 2: Loki Captured
  • Part 3: Binding as a Motif in Norse Mythology
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 11 Assessment
  • Part 1: The Significance of Ragnarok
  • Part 2: Ragnarok Begins
  • Part 3: The Battle to End all Days and a New World Rises
  • Video: The Influence of Norse Mythology in Contemporary Culture
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Conclusion
  • Module 12 Assessment
Who Would Benefit from This Course?

The Norse Mythology Diploma Course will lead you through the main stories of the Viking people, starting with the creation of their universe and concluding with its apocalyptical end. In between, you’ll be introduced to the primary characters who peopled these stories – the one-eyed Allfather, Odin, the fearless warrior, Thor, and, of course, the malicious trickster, Loki.

The aim of this course is not just to unfurl the tales, however, but to put them in a context of what was happening in the Viking world at the time and what ancient beliefs were reflected in the myths.

Yggdrasil - the tree of life
Accreditations

The Norse Mythology Diploma Course will take you up to 50 hours to complete, working from home. There is no time limit for completing this course, it can be studied in your own time at your own pace.

This is a Level 3 course and will give you 50 CPD (Continued Professional Development) points.

Upon completion of your course assessments, you receive 2 certificates. A certificate from the Centre of Excellence and a CPD certificate displaying the number of CPD points earned from the course.

This course is endorsed by the Quality Licence Scheme. Therefore, upon successful completion of this course, learners can also receive a certificate of achievement from Quality Licence Scheme and a Learner Unit Summary, which lists the details of all the units the learner has completed as part of the course. (This certificate is optional and costs an additional £25).

The Quality Licence Scheme is part of the Skills and Education Group, a charitable organisation that unites education and skills-orientated organisations that share similar values and objectives. With more than 100 years of collective experience, the Skills and Education Group’s strategic partnerships create opportunities to inform, influence and represent the wider education and skills sector.

The Skills and Education Group also includes two nationally recognised awarding organisations; Skills and Education Group Awards and Skills and Education Group Access. Through their awarding organisations they have developed a reputation for providing high-quality qualifications and assessments for the education and skills sector. They are committed to helping employers, organisations and learners cultivate the relevant skills for learning, skills for employment, and skills for life.

Their knowledge and experience of working within the awarding sector enables them to work with training providers, through the Quality Licence Scheme, to help them develop high-quality courses and/or training programmes for the non-regulated market.

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