Individualized Project

Each student will pursue a  project which combines individual reflection and scholarly research in pursuit of a personal definition sacred space. This project must include a comparison of a two sacred places, including one which is particularly sacred to you personally. Neither of these sacred spaces can be a site covered in the course. Be sure to clear your choice of sacred places with Prof. Sienkewicz early in the process. Preparation for this project must include use of scholarly material (both primary and secondary where possible), library research, significant analysis, and original work. Preparation for this project must include the following:

library research
primary (ancient) and secondary (scholarly) material
analysis of material
original work (personal reflection)

The final product of this project can take the form of a paper (at least 10 pages), a Powerpoint presentation,  or another approprite medium.
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 final product of this project must include:
1.) an abstract of the product (c..100-150 words). This abstract describes and summarizes the product so that the audience can obtain a general idea of the paper, artwork, or other product before viewing or reading it.
2.) a
project overview and self-evaluation (c.750 words) which contains the following information:: a.) a summary of how the project was conceived and prepared b.) the goals of the project; 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);
3.) 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);

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 is the Evaluation Form for Individualized Projects.

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