Gods and Goddesses
Department of Classics
Spring Semester, 2017
Summary of Goals and
There are no exams in this course. Your final grade will be determined in the following way:
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.
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.
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
Grade will be based upon:
1.) the appropriateness of the
presentation to the topic;
presenters' ability to explain the project orally to this audience;
3.) 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.
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.
This material has been published on the web by Prof. Tom Sienkewicz for his
students at Monmouth College. If you have any
questions, you can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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