CLAS230 Classical Mythology
Department of Classics
Monmouth College
Goals and Requirements:

Your final grade will be determined in the following way:

Unit Quizzes 55%
Map and Geography Quiz 10%
Individualized Project 30%
Group Presentation 5%

I. Chapter Quizzes
There will be at least FIVE (5) unit quizzes (objective and essay questions) based on  Harris and Platzner's Classical Mythology. Other quizzes, both announced and unannounced, may be given at the discretion of the instructor. No make-ups for these quizzes will be given, but at least one quiz grade will be dropped.

There will be no major exams in this course.

II. Map and Geography Quiz
There will be ONE (1) map (geography) quiz which must be passed in order to pass the course. The map quiz can be retaken until passed, but the highest possible grade on a retake is 60.

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III. Individualized Project
Each student will pursue a semester-long project which focuses in some way on Classical Mythology and the specific theme of the course. Preparation for this project must include library and web research, analysis of historical evidence, and original work.

Mid-way through the semester each student will submit a progress report on this project. This report can be a detailed outline, description, or rough draft of the project. It must include a list of at least TEN (10) print and electronic resources consulted. This progress report will provide you with some significant feedback from the instructor at an early stage in the process.

The 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.

All projects must be accompanied by a written statement (c.600 words) which contains the following information: 1.) a summary of the project; 2.) a description of its preparation; 3.) an annotated bibliography of at least ten works consulted ("annotated" mean a brief explanation of how these works were used in the project); and 4.) an explanation of original aspects of this project. This individualized project will be 30% of your final grade.

NOTE: Course books can be cited in the bibliography but only as complements to the rest of the 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 websites and encyclopoedia articles) is not advised.

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IV. Group Presentations
Working in groups of three or four, students will choose one of their own individualized projects for a ten-minute presentation to the entire class. The first step in the preparation of this presentation is a written c.600-word statement in which each group member evaluates all the projects in the group and suggests ways that each of the projects could be presented to the class. These statements should be shared with other members of the group and with the instructor. 

Each person in the group should make their project available as soon as possible to other group members. This is easy for those projects in electronic form. If a project in another medium is in the instructor's possession, please let him know and it will be made available to other group members.  For these non electronic projects, group members should also share their own written descriptions of the projects, too.

Before the group meets to discuss the presentation, each group member should write a meaty paragraph discussing how each project could be presented. This discussion should not evaluate the quality of the presentation, but focus on its presentability.

Consider the quality of the presentation and its appropriateness for presentation to the class. These statements will be shared with other members of the group and with the instructor. (This evaluation will count as a short paper. See #I.)

When the group meets, you can use these suggestions as a starting point for preparing the presentation. The group has complete freedom in deciding how to present the projects. My only stipulation is that people NOT present their own projects one by one. Either the group should present each project as a group, or you can present each other's projects. 

 The group will decide which project is best suited for presentation and decide how to make this oral presentation. The presentation will be graded on oral technique, originality, and content. Appropriate use of the personae of ancient Greeks and Romans in these presentations will automatically insure a higher grade. Once the presentation is finished each participants will submit at least a 300-word statement which summarizes their own individual contributions to the planning and the actual presentation (due one hour after last meeting). All of these presentations will take place at the final meeting during the examination period. Students will receive a group grade for the presentation and an individual grade based upon the information in the statement. The average of the group and individual grades will be 10% of the final score.

This webpage was prepared by Professor Thomas J. Sienkewicz. If you have any questions, you can contact him at

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