Past and Present
Department of Classics
Summary of Goals and
Your final grade will be determined in the following way:
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. The average of these
activities will be weighted as five 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 five units.
Common Reflective Writing
All students enrolled
in INTR300 Reflections courses are required to complete a common
reflective writing assignment according to these
Your grade on this assignment will be weighted as two units
towards your final grade. Please note that this paper must be submitted
via turnitin.com. Failure to do so will result in a failing grade on this
Each student will pursue a semester-long project which
combines individual reflection and scholarly research in
pursuit of a personal definition sacred space. This project must include a
comparison of one ancient Greco-Roman sacred place examined in the course with another major sacred
place (ancient or modern) from outside the ancient Greco-Roman world.
This second sacred space cannot be a site covered in the course. 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. The grade on this project counts as five
your final grade.
During the final weeks of class, students will give
15-minute presentations to the class on their individualized projects.
appropriate hand-out must accompany this presentation. The grade
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.) accuracy; 4.) the quality and appropriateness of the handout (required).
must include an abstract, at least two significant images,
author's name and a short bibliography on one sheet of paper. (Two-sides is
okay.) 5.) the quality and appropriateness of additional
visual features accompanying the presentation (i.e., Powerpoint). For further
Hints about Preparation, Presentation and Grading of Oral Reports.
The grade on this project
counts as two
your final grade.
During final exam period (and in lieu of a
standard final exam) students will present to the class
five-minute final oral statements on how their concepts of
sacred place have evolved over the semester. The grade for this
presentation will be based upon 1.) the intellectual quality of
the presenters' reflections; 2.) the extent to which presenters
address the question of their own evolving sense of sacred
space; 3.) relevance of the presentation to course material.
The grade on this oral presentation will count as one unit toward your final
grade. Do not miss this session. There are no make-ups.
This material has been published on the web by Prof. Tom Sienkewicz for his
students at Monmouth College. If you have any
questions, you can contact him at email@example.com.
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