How to begin:
Consider TOPIC, not PRODUCT first.
1. Think about material in the course which is of particular interest to you and about which you would like to learn more.
2. Do some preliminary research on this topic on the web and in the library. Be sure to consult books and journal articles as well as webpages. You may have to order some material on inter-library loan. Please do not wait until the last minute to do this. The best projects will be ones which demonstrate good and varied research materials.
3. Use this preliminary research and reflection to consider approaches that you can use to present your topic and how (i.e., in what medium) you plan to do so.
4. You are now ready to write the prospectus.
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. the final product should somehow combine research with your own original analysis of this material.
All central products must be supplemented by a written statement (600-800 words, not including the annotated bibliography) containing the following information:
1.) a summary of the project;
2.) a description of its preparation;
3.) an explanation of how the project fulfils the requirements of the assignment;
4.) a summary of the original aspects of this project.
plus an annotated bibliography of at least ten works consulted ("annotated" means a brief explanation of how these works were used in the project);
The final individualized project is due at the end of the semester and will be 30% of your final grade. See the course schedule for specific due dates.
This is the form which will be used to evaluate your project.