Classical Mythology

Gods and Goddesses
Department of Classics
Monmouth College

Spring Semester, 2017

Summary of Goals and Requirements

There are no exams in this course. Your final grade will be determined in the following way:

The average of these ten units will determine your course grade.
Grading Scale for information about the equivalence of numeric and letter grades.

Class Participation
This includes not only regular class attendance but also engagement in class discussions. Class participation counts as one unit towards your final grade.

Short Written Assignments
This work done either in and out of class may include quizzes (announced and unannounced), in class writing assignments, group work and other in-class activities. The average of these activities will be weighted as two units towards your final grade.

Short Essay Average
There will be several two-page response papers, based upon topics discussed in class. These papers will include accurate and specific reference to course materials as well as your own response to this material. These weekly papers must be at least 600-words in length (two full pages) and follow Prof. Sienkewicz' Writing Guidelines.  The instructor reserves the right not to accept any paper submitted after the due date. The average of these papers (and quizzes) will be weighted as three units towards your final grade.

Group Project
Groups of three will prepare a visual introduction and presentation on a Classical deity. Each member of the group will prepare a Powerpoint presentation on two images of the deity found in The Olympian Gods: Images and Texts. The group will then compare the images and make some general observtions about the deity based upon these comparisons. This presentation will be at least five minutes long  but no longer than ten minutes.
Grade will be based upon:

1.) the appropriateness of the presentation to the topic;
2.)  the presenters' ability to explain the project orally to this audience;
quality of the Powerpoint;
4.) the cohesiveness of the group presentation
The grade on this oral presentation will count as
two units toward your final grade. One unit is a group grade. The second unit is an individual grade.

Final Paper
At the end of the course, each student will write a five-page essay in which theycompare their view of deity at the beginning of this course with their view at the end of the course. This essay must include significant discussion of a variety of gods and goddesses of ancient Greece and their myths. The grade on this paper counts as two units toward your final grade.

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