Star Wars and the Hero Journey
1st Semester 2006-2007, Department of Classics, Monmouth
TOPIC: Compare a Greek hero, heroic theme or event to some aspect of
the "Star Wars" episodes.
Ideally, this project will lead naturally from the
Summaries and Evaluations. Each student will pursue a
semester-long project which focuses on some special aspect of
the course topic. Preparation for this project must include
library research, analysis of historical evidence, and original work.
The project must also demonstrate significant use of
ancient primary sources as well as secondary, scholarly material. A prospectus
for this project is due around mid-semester. See
Individualized Project Guidelines
for additional suggestions about choosing a topic and
completing this assignment.
central product of this project can take the form of a research
paper, creative writing, artwork, website or any other work which deals
with material covered in course readings or discussions.
Note: Powerpoint presentations MUST contain detailed
information in the notes area.
While length will vary according to the medium used, the central
product should clearly reflect semester-long work and research. This
project cannot be completed successfully in one or two days at the end
of the semester.
products must be accompanied by:
1.) a project overview
and self-evaluation (c.750 words) which contains the following
information: a.) a summary of the project; b.) a description of its
preparation; c.) an explanation of how you used and analyzed sources
(originality); and d.) your evaluation of the ways your project meet the
project goals (self-assessment);
2.) an annotated bibliography
of a works consulted. A good starting point for this
bibliography is the list of websites evaluated by the class. (Annotations summarize the resources and
explain how they were used in the project. A typical annotation will be at
least thirty words, not including bibliographic information);
3.) a poster which visually summarizes this
project. Note: You will receive a separate grade for your poster and
its presentation to the class.
NOTE: A minimum of ten sources are required for
a B-range grade;
more are encouraged for a project worthy of an A-range grade. Course books
and website evaluated by the class can be cited in the bibliography
but only as complements to at least ten additional works. The quality of
the material consulted will significantly affect the grade. It is highly
recommended that a variety of resources be consulted, including
books, journals, and websites. Heavy reliance on a single kind of resource
(especially encyclopoedia articles) is not advised. For format of
bibliographic references, see Writing
This individualized project will count 25% of your final grade.
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Prof. Tom Sienkewicz for his students at Monmouth College. If you have any
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