Classical Mythology

Star Wars and the Heroic Journey
Department of Classics
Monmouth College

Summary of Goals and Requirements

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.

In-Class Work
There are no exams in this course. Instead there will be a series of quizzes, both announced and unannounced, in class writing assignments, group work and other in-class activities. There will be at least one graded in-class assignment per week. The average of these activities will be weighted as four units towards your final grade.

Short Writing Assignments
There will be one short response paper every week, 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. A suggested topic will always be provided by the instructor, but you are also invited to use any other topic of your choice appropriate to the course material for that week. These weekly papers must be at least 600-words in length (two full pages) and follow Prof. Sienkewicz' Writing Guidelines.  One of these written assignments will be a mid-course evaluation. 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.

Individualized Project
Each student will pursue a semester-long project which focuses on an extended comparison on a Greco-Roman myth with some appropriate aspect of the "Star Wars" series. Preparation for this project must include use of both ancient (primary) and secondary (scholarly) material, library research, significant analysis, and original work. See Individualized Project for further information. This grade on this project counts as two units toward your final grade.

Final Oral Presentation
During the final exam period (and in lieu of a final exam) students will give five-minute oral presentations to the class on their individualized projects.
The gr
ade for this presentation will be based upon:
1.) the appropriateness of the presentation to the topic;
2.)  the presenter's ability to explain the project orally to this audience;
3.) the quality and appropriateness of the handout (required). Handout must include an abstract and at least one significant image.
The grade on this oral presentation will count as one unit toward your final grade.

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