CLAS230 Classical Mythology:
World Creation Myths and World Views

1st Semester 2005-2006, Department of Classics, Monmouth College

Individualized Project

Ideally, this project will lead naturally from the Website Summary and Evaluation. 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.

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. Note: Powerpoint presentations MUST contain detailed information in the notes area.

All central 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 Guidelines.

This individualized project will count 25% of your final grade.

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